FAST QuickTIP: Let a non-performing employee leave with dignity by expressing your concern for their future.
I recently did the big “rah-rah” on why you should get marginal, low-performing employees out of your life… NOW! To quickly review…
Then check out this hopefully introspective chart HERE on the differences between ‘Marginal Workers’ and the ‘Very Best People’!
And yet you put off this inevitable confrontation? Why? It’s that word “confrontation”! None of us enjoy the ‘adversarial situation’ of terminating an employee! (And yet- you MUST do it NOW!)
How to gently fire someone? I still remember a girlfriend letting me down softly when she dumped me!😥 Instead of detailing my many faults she kindly told me: “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. It’s me…” statement when firing an employee! Simply say…
“Bill, I think we’ve both come to realize your job here just isn’t giving you what you need and want in a career. So I’ve decided to let you find a new position where you can feel more 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! Instead, the less said the better. (Always treat a departing employee with respect and dignity… even if you think don’t deserve it!)
REMEMBER: As cleaning and restoration contractors we have a HUGE moral and ethical obligation! (And major financial liability too!)😲 After all, 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 and recruit a Very Best Person!
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