6 Rules for Saying 'You're Fired!'

6 Rules for Saying 'You're Fired!'

Part of an employer’s job is to know when it’s time to terminate/fire an employee. But as Michael Haberman, cofounder and senior consultant at Omega HR Solutions, explains on the HR Observations blog, there are appropriate ways to fire someone. Here are his tips for firing quickly but not stupidly.

  • Rule 1: Never fire anyone on the spot, he says, there is too much emotion involved. He suggests involving someone without any emotional investment such as human resources or another manager.
  • Rule 2: Try to be consistent with the way other employees have been treated in the past to help avoid discrimination claims.
  • Rule 3: Have documentation to back up the termination, explains Haberman. “You should have been counseling that employee, documenting performance and trying to change behavior.”
  • Rule 4: Make sure the reason for the termination is not “a subtext for another reason,” such as a discrimination or harassment complaint. Firing someone for retaliation is as illegal as firing them for discrimination, Haberman says.
  • Rule 5: Treat the person with dignity and professionalism.
  • Rule 6: Protect yourself by having two managers involved in the meeting and document what is done and said afterward, he advises.

Even if you are an at-will employer, that doesn’t mean you can violate the law, he says.

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