firing

I got fired for attending a conference that I wasn’t invited to

A reader writes: I started working at my job eight months ago, not long after I completed college (thanks in part to your write-ups about cover letters, resumes, interview questions and job searching). A few months ago in the elevator, my manager’s manager and someone from upper management in another department were talking about an […]

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how to fire a volunteer

A reader writes: I serve on a board for an alumni association. We are all volunteers, and we have various committees that other alumni serve on. It’s hard to get much help sometimes, so we try to find something for anyone who wants to help to contribute. However, we have one volunteer who seems to […]

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is it okay to fire an employee by phone or email?

A reader writes: I have wanted to fire a full-time employee for the past two weeks, but she hasn’t been in, despite telling me on numerous occasions that she definitely will be in the next day. I manage a small business and need to fire her so I can start looking for her replacement as […]

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is it okay to fire someone close to Christmas?

A reader writes: I have an employee who has performance issues that are well documented. In fact, he has been slated for termination several times and, in each instance, managed to convince a former manager that he should be allowed to retain his position. However, after making a major mistake which could cost us a […]

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you can’t be held hostage to a bad employee

A reader writes: I belong to a small country church of the type where people’s families have attended for generations. One of our members has acted as secretary for over 20 years. A few years ago, we hired a new pastor and this secretary does not like him. She’s always been a prickly person to […]

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I was fired and then offered my job back a week later

A reader writes: I work for a small law firm as an attorney and left a higher paying job with a firm in another state to work there. I’ve been employed there for five months, but I’ve only been working for three months because I was severely ill and had surgery unexpectedly two months into […]

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I was fired and asked to train my replacement

A reader writes: I’ve been at my job for only four months, but the owner has already hired my replacement. She brought me into her office to let me know that “this isn’t working out” and had a replacement in by that afternoon! She posted my job behind my back twice, has generally micromanaged and […]

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everything you need to know about getting fired

Getting fired is scary and stressful. Not only has your source of income just been yanked away from you, but you might be left with questions about what to do next, how to talk about it in future job interviews, and even whether what your employer did was legal. At U.S. News & World Report […]

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what to say when people ask why an employee was fired

A reader writes: I just fired someone here at Big Research University. It was necessary, and I’ve got no regrets (and the full support of our department and higher-ups). But while this person was terrible in many ways, they did have a great relationship with some faculty members they worked with. And those faculty are […]

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