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Firing an Employee: Never an Easy Task

It’s probably the most difficult thing managers have to do – fire an employee. Whether rules have been flagrantly broken or someone just can’t seem to perform up to the demands of a job, letting someone go is never easy. The following are a few tips that may offer guidance for this difficult task.

1. Make sure the reasons for the dismissal are documented thoroughly. If documentation does not exist, the Department of Labor could put you in a tough spot.

2. When you sit down to tell a person he or she is being let go, be sure to have a witness present.

3. Explain to the person exactly why he or she is being let go. Don’t say more than you have to. Everything may be cool in the dismissal conversation, but whatever you say can be twisted out of context by a hungry lawyer.

4. Take precautions to back up any vital computer files before you issue your dismissal. Again, no matter how cool the termination discussion goes, people may “accidentally” delete their entire hard drive as they’re packing up their things.

5. If you can, let people go on a Monday or a Friday. This gives them the whole week or the whole weekend to begin seeking employment elsewhere.
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