Letting Go of An Employee? Consider This…

Letting go of an employee is something “not” to take lightly, as most know. There are many, many considerations before you potentially destroy someone’s life and family by letting them go through termination. PLEASE, be very thoughtful about it during these challenging times.

A termination, regardless of your personal feelings for the employees, must be ethical, genuine, and based on evidence that supports the decision.

Before letting go of (terminating) an employee ask the following questions.

  • Is my decision to terminate based on an individualized assessment of this employee’s performance or abilities OR am I being influenced by stereotypes or perceptions?
  • Do I have a legitimate business reason for the termination? What is it?
  • Do I have a documentary record supporting my decision? Is it accurate and complete?
  • Is this termination consistent with company policy?
  • Has the employee been made aware of performance issues and given an opportunity to correct them? Are efforts by management to obtain satisfactory performance and lack of response by the employee documented?
  • Have I involved the human resources department, especially where a situation appears to present difficult personnel issues or the potential for legal action?
  • Is the termination decision going to come as a surprise to the employee? If so, why?
  • Has the employee made any complaints, charges or grievances that would affect the company’s right to terminate this employee? (sexual harassment, wage/hour overtime pay, failure to accommodate a disability, etc.)
  • Is the employment at-will or are there some limitations on the right to terminate?
  • How is the employee likely to react to the termination?
  • Am I prepared to conduct an exit interview?
  • Has the company obtained legal advice? Does the possibility of a legal claim, if the person is a member of an otherwise protected class, warrant getting legal advice before the termination occurs?

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6 thoughts on “Letting Go of An Employee? Consider This…

  1. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

    • Happy New Year Corazon. Thanks for your comments and feedback and will lighten up on the video presentations, even though we really have much more content than video. I believe you will also like our guest bloggers too. There is more to come in that regard. Thanks again for your comment.

  2. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on
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  3. Howdy! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He always kept preaching about this. I will forward this article to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a very good read.
    I appreciate you for sharing!

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