Commentary & Opinion
By Jon Hyman
Feb. 11, 2020
Firing people SUCKS. And anyone who tells you that they take pleasure from it shouldn’t be doing it.
It’s the absolute worst part of any manager’s job. Sure, there are exceptions. An employee sexually harasses, or steals, or assaults someone? I’m not feeling badly about their termination. But otherwise, it’s awful having to communicate to someone that they no longer have a job.
The first person I ever fired broke down in tears and begged for another chance (even though he was at least on his third). He earned his termination, and I still felt completely awful about having to tell him.
Like or dislike, if you’re in management or HR you will have to fire someone eventually. Thus, today I offer five helpful do’s and five helpful don’ts to help ease the pain of the process.
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