One of the most important steps you can take to ensure your company runs smoothly on a regular basis is to hire friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking staff members to perform specific functions and tasks. While you may go to great lengths to ensure you hire the best employees possible, the unfortunate truth is that most employers will have to fire an employee from time to time. This may be because an employee was rude to a customer, is not completing work tasks properly, or for other reasons having a negative impact on the company in some way.
Letting an employee go can be an emotional event, but there are several steps you can take to fire an employee gently.
1. Fire the Employee on a Friday
Firing the employee on a Friday gives them time to absorb the blow over the weekend. It would be jarring to be fired on say, a Tuesday, and feel left out when everyone else is at work the next day. The weekend gives them some time to sort things out and to come up with a new game plan by Monday.
2. Terminate the Employee at the End of the Day
Try to let go of the employee towards the end of the work day. This kindness ensures there are fewer employees in the office to witness him or her packing up their belongings. They’re already fired; you don’t want to make them further embarrassed.
3. Be Concise
State the reason for the termination clearly and professionally, but avoid going into an emotional or detailed explanation or worse by showing pity or remorse. There is a reason you need to let them go and stick to it. Try to keep it as short as possible to minimize the sting and not let their emotions get too volatile.
Letting an employee go can be a stressful event for you as well as for the employee, and it is generally not a part of employee management anyone looks forward to. Keep these tips in mind when terminating an employee to make it as least painful for you and your staff as possible.