Whatever your experience, here are 5 tips on how to successfully let someone go, from Roxi Hewerton – CEO of Highland Consulting Group.
Of all the tips, I think this one is the most important:
Be Clear – Whenever possible, have a conversation with the employee before the firing stage, stating that his or her job is in jeopardy. If the termination is due to gross misconduct — like stealing or lying on a résumé — then give a clear-cut reason. Get to the point, then stand up, offer your hand, and wish them well. If the employee falls into a difficult emotional state, give them time to pull themselves together. Just be patient, be kind, and be human.
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