The difficult but necessary task: terminating an employee

The difficult but necessary task: terminating an employee

Separating an employee is never easy – for the worker or the HR staff member. The challenge is to conduct the meeting in a professional way that not only protects the rights of the business, but those of the employee as well. This article outlines how to terminate an employee and includes a short script that outlines what to say.

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Terminating an Employee: The Necessary But Nerve Racking Part of the Job

By not releasing an employee who isn’t performing sends the wrong message to employees who pull their weight: it tells them their efforts are not valued or important. That can spread within a company to the point where no one is motivated or engaged. Better to remove the problem quickly and effectively. Termination meetings should always be handled with tact, brevity and dignity for the employee and employer.

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