Terminating an Employee: What Managers Should and Shouldn’t Do


Terminating an Employee

By Josh Young

Terminating an employee is perhaps one of the most unpleasant and uncomfortable activities that you will ever perform as a manager. Depending on the situation, you are quite possibly taking an active role in one of the worst days of that worker’s year, if not life — and that is a truly harrowing concept.

However, there are obviously times when an employee needs to go — when they are underperforming, are violating policy, or are just not the right fit for the position or company.

And while you and your workers would prefer to avoid these situations, they are unfortunately rather common. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 8.2 million workers were laid off or “discharged” in the first five months of this year alone.

What Should You Remember When Terminating an Employee?

Coordinate with HR

Any termination should occur at the end of…

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