Guest Post by Jamie Costello
It’s never an easy decision to let a member of staff go. The decision is never one taken lightly, and it’s important to remember that it’s as difficult for the employer to deliver the news as it is for the employee to receive it.
How to Dismiss a Staff Member Appropriately
Improper dismissals can lead to dreadful consequences, so when a manager does decide to fire a member of staff, it’s vital it’s done in the correct way. Here are some tips on how to dismiss a member of staff appropriately:
Give a Warning
If an employee is underperforming, you should give them a warning which will advise them to step up their game. You could conduct a performance review at least twice a year, so both you and the employee have the option to discuss the pros and cons (if any) of their work. This will also give you a chance to give any tips or suggestions on how they can improve. On the whole, this will prompt them to apply themselves more.
However, if you are firing an employee because of a serious policy violation, then there is no need for a warning or review.
Be Clear From the Start
Before you hire an employee, make sure you fully scope out the person you’re hiring. Ensure they understand what the job will entail exactly, so you don’t hire someone incapable of completing the tasks. If unfortunately, you still have the task of firing them at a later date – you should be just as thorough at this point too. Tell them as soon as the meeting starts that they’re being fired, don’t leave it until the end of the conversation. Be as honest and upfront as possible.
Consider the Environment
Treat an employee with the same dignity and respect that you’d expect from them. There’s no need to humiliate them in front of their colleagues. Do all dismissals behind closed doors, away from prying eyes. Not only does this ensure maximum privacy, but it’s likely that your employee has formed strong bonds with their colleagues. Unfairly dismissing them could make them more hostile towards you.
Ensure Everything is Legal
It’s not illegal to fire an employee under a contract. It is, however, illegal to fire them because of discrimination. Firing an employee for reasons not listed in the contract is not permitted. Be clear with your reasoning, so there’s no doubt that you’re firing the employee in coordination with the law. You may wish to consult dispute resolution lawyers to keep everything above board.
Inform the Remaining Employees
In some instances, it is necessary to let the other employees know that you had to let someone go. Though they’re going to know through workplace gossip, it’s best that they hear it formally from you. There’s no need to go into detail, mention that the person has been let go and that the team will need to move forward without them.
Although firing someone can be an uncomfortable and tricky process, you need to remember that the purpose of doing it will have a wider benefit for the overall business. In business, it’s not just about individuals. It’s about doing what’s better for the team. If you follow the right process, there will be no need to look back with regret.
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Jamie is an aspiring freelance business/legal writer who’s currently looking to build his writing portfolio. His previous education includes a degree in Business Communication as well as work experience within several industries. This has helped him to develop the knowledge on the topics that he discusses.