So recently I did the big “rah-rah” on why you should get marginal, low-performing employees out of your life… NOW! Why? Because the longer you procrastinate on firing someone the longer you postpone recruiting that stellar employee for your Critical Mass Business team!
And yet you dread and put off this inevitable confrontation? Why? But the true reason is found in that word “confrontation”! None of us enjoy the ‘adversarial situation’ of terminating an employee! (And yet- you MUST do it NOW!)
Now you can only ‘sugar coat’ a firing so much! How to do it? I remember when a girlfriend let me down softly when she dumped me! Instead of detailing my many faults and she simply said, “Steve, its not you. It is me. But I think we both know this isn’t working out.” Ouch! But at least I still had my pride and dignity intact… sort of!
So how can you adapt this “Its not you. Its me…” statement to firing an employee! Simply say…
“Bill, I think we’ve both come to realize our company just isn’t giving you what you need and want in a career. So I’ve decided to let you find a job where you can feel fulfilled…”
NOTE: It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you precisely follow state law when firing an employee. So work with your local attorney on developing a step-by-step legal process for employee termination. Or at the very least, follow closely your state’s Department of Labor termination guidelines.
CAUTION! I know it is so very tempting to ‘preach’ at a-soon-to-be-ex-employee. After all, you gave them a chance! And they repaid you by betraying your trust! So you feel recriminations are in order for this loser! DON’T DO IT! Simply put, the less said the better. (Always treat a departing employee with respect and dignity… even if you think don’t deserve it!)
IMPORTANT: As cleaning and restoration contractors we have a HUGE moral and ethical obligation! (And major financial liability too!) Remember that your employees are working in your customer’s ‘inner sanctum’- their homes and businesses. If deep down inside you know your worker isn’t of the highest moral character… GET THEM OUT NOW!