Firing an employee is inevitable and no matter how good and considerate an employer you may be, there will come a time when you would have to terminate someone for the sake of the company. So if there comes a time wherein you are left with no choice but to say the two dreaded words to an employee, be sure that you are equipped with all the right techniques on how to actually do it— without too much sweat. Here are the things that you should know before you say “You’re Fired!”
Avoid making the termination so sudden, therefore making your employee to be caught off guard and totally unaware that he’ll be fired, so no surprises please.
Talk to the employee at least a month before and warn him of what you are planning to do so that he will have enough time to start looking for a new job.
Give him a chance to once again prove his worth in the company by allowing him to improve his performance when it cones to work. If he fails to do that, then he’ll immediately know that there is no other choice but to fire him.
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Make sure that you have a valid reason as to why you are going to terminate him that’s why it is important for you to carefully think about firing him first before doing that.
Have enough evidences to back up your claims as to why he is not contributing to the company anymore so that it will not cause any speculations on his part as well as for the other employees in your company.
Tell him properly the reason why he is to be relieved from the job so that he’ll be able to fully understand why you were able to come up with a decision like that.
When you fire an employee, do not make it a public announcement because this will only add insult to the injury and you surely don’t want anyone to hold a grudge against you.
You could try to talk to him in private, in your office or in the conference room to show that you still respect his rights.
Have a witness with you when you fire him to have some sort of witness in case something untoward may happen because you should perfectly know that being fired from work can really be frustrating.
Firing someone is sure difficult but it doesn’t have to be cruel at the same time. There are ways that you can do to terminate an employee without causing further injury to him and thus let him harbor any hatred towards you as an employer. Be sure to take note of these simple steps so the next time that a lazy or unproductive employee needs to be whacked, you’ll know the proper way to do it.