You’re faced with the challenge of having to fire someone. Maybe you’ve reprimanded the employee multiple times and they’re not learning from their mistakes. It could also be that they’re not delivering the quality of work expected, or they don’t get along with the other staff.
Whatever the reason, letting someone go isn’t always a pleasant experience. But if you want to continue to grow your business, at times it will be necessary to deliver some bad news. That’s why it’s important to learn how to fire someone the right way.
There isn’t necessarily a perfect time to fire, which is why you can end up dragging your feet even if you know it’s the right thing to do.
But if it seems like your workers keep making the same mistakes and never adjust, it may be time to let them go.
Here are a few other signs to watch out for:
These are but a few signs it might be time to replace an employee, and there are other warning signs to look out for.
Again, there isn’t necessarily a “best” way to fire someone. It can be difficult no matter how you approach it.
But it’s always best to err on the side of compassion and empathy. Instead of yelling and putting down the team member, you should calmly make them aware of what’s troubling you. Let them know that you understand where they’re coming from, but that you can’t have the behavior they’re exhibiting in the company.
Here are a few tips for firing someone:
Focus on what’s right for the company.
Delivering bad news is rarely easy or fun, especially if you’re looking to let go of someone you’ve worked with for a long time. You’re essentially taking away someone’s paycheck when you let them go.
But also remember that firing isn’t just in the best interest of the business. It can also be in the best interest of the person you’re firing. They may go onto find a better fit with employment and be happier in another position.
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Spencer is Head of Growth and User Acquisition at Zoomshift. He is driven by the constant challenge of enacting change in someone through meaningful relationship. That’s why he loves marketing. He has 8+ years of experience in lead generation, content marketing, inbound marketing, paid reach, digital marketing, marketing strategy, analytics, SEO, branding, and social media. He is also passionate about marketing automation, B2B lead generation and content strategy. Spencer holds a Bachelor degree in Communication from Boise State University.