firing

should we let an employee resign instead of being fired?

A reader writes: I am the director of a pretty independent division in my company. I founded the area and we have grown to 13 employees in the past few years. I do most of the supervision but last year had my assistant director, Mark, take on more supervision tasks as a growth area. Some […]

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I can’t fire a terrible employee

A reader writes: I’m the manager at a growing professional services firm. I’m in charge of a lot of things, but the company owners have the final say in hiring or firing, and I’m stuck in a situation where the owners won’t fire a terrible employee. Bad Fit was hired for a position that it […]

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can you fire someone in the midst of a pandemic?

A reader writes: In the weeks before the outbreak hit, I was preparing to put someone on my team on a performance improvement plan. We’ve addressed my concerns about her work in performance reviews and will see some improvement, but it keeps slipping so the improvement plan will be the last step before letting this […]

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how do we handle firing an employee in an open plan office?

A reader writes: I’m an HR administrator at a company with about 150 people across a few offices. I’m the only on-site HR person at my location, which has about 25 employees. Our office is entirely open plan, with the exception of a few fish-bowl style, glass-walled conference rooms. There aren’t even dividers between desks, […]

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the way a coworker was fired has me worried for my own job

A reader writes: Recently the marketing director at my company (lets call her Tori)  got fired after 5+ years, and the way it went down has made me feel really uncomfortable. Now, Tori was not particularly great at her job and was prone to being confrontational and unpleasant at work, so most people in the office weren’t […]

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should I tell an employee the real reason I’m firing him?

A reader writes: I manage employees who start with a three-month probationary period. I have a current probationary employee who has not taken direction well, has acted defensively and challenged basic instructions about how to do his job, has rolled his eyes when provided with feedback on how to do certain tasks, and ironically who […]

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how to announce a firing to the rest of your staff

A reader writes: Can you please provide me with an email script to inform my employees that someone has been dismissed? I answer this question — and four others — over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to […]

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is there a best time of day to fire someone?

A reader writes: I know you’ve talked a lot about the kindest ways to fire someone. I was wondering what your opinion is on the time of day it’s done. Recently one of my coworkers was let go. At the end of the workday, another manager ushered everyone else who was around (we’re a small […]

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how to ask to resign instead of being fired

A reader writes: I’ve been put on a performance improvement plan after about eight months at my job. My manager says that she doesn’t think I have the skills to perform the job to her standards. After three months on the plan, my manager said she hasn’t seen the improvement she’s been looking for and […]

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