Firing an employee is one of the most difficult human resources (HR) challenges a business is likely to face. In addition to having to deal with the specific problem the employee is creating, you’ll have to handle the firing in as fair a manner as possible to reduce the risk of legal repercussions. This requires setting up a formal termination process in advance, and carefully documenting every step as you implement the process.
You will also need to communicate effectively with your other employees, so the firing will not negatively impact morale. This requires transparency – yet you don’t want to infringe on the fired person’s privacy unless absolutely necessary. All in all, firing is a painful and, sometimes, risky business. If you can’t avoid it, then it’s important to keep it from getting emotional by following professional HR best practices.
- Establishing a Termination Policy & Guidelines
- Acceptable Reasons for Termination
- Developing an Employee Review Process
- Informing Your Employee: The Moment We All Regret
- Severance Packages - Yes? No? Maybe?