The act of terminating an employee can be stressful for
a human resource person or a small business owner. If the
employee has not changed after repeated warnings, both
verbal and written, then it can final step for a particular
You may be asking how terminating an employee can still
be seen as part of that person’s job betterment.
Simply put, a good business has its roots in the community,
and by terminating an employee who does not show up on
time or care to put forward enough energy for a job, and
then you are doing the community a service. The terminated
employee will likely be reflective (after a period of time)
on why exactly they were let go. During that time, they
will remember what it is you told them and hopefully make
changes to correct their behavior.
Terminating an Employee without Distancing Yourself from
We have all seen the employee who has great social skills,
who can make friends with most of the staff, and might
even host parties outside of work for their coworkers.
What if that very employee underperforms? Do you back away
from terminating them, even though it might be the best
thing for the work environment? Of course, there are tradeoffs
when an employee like that does not perform up to standards.
On the one hand, they offer the environment good morale
boost, and might be valuable enough to keep on for that
reason alone. But if they are constantly distracting and
underperforming, and have not listened to several warnings
then terminating that person might suit the business the
In the small business world, terminating an employee
should take place face to face, preferably at the end of
a business day, maybe even on late Friday afternoon. By
telling the employee in the privacy of an office, at the
end of the day, you take away the dramatic effect of others
hearing the firing (never fire someone during an angry
outburst) and bringing down the attitude of the workplace.
So before you take that final step in terminating an
employee, be sure to gather you thoughts, review the files,
and approach the situation in a straightforward and dignified
way. The employee may react poorly, so you should prepare
yourself mentally before going through with the termination.
But if you go about terminating an employee from the right
angle, then the process should go smooth and not cause
any ill effects within the workplace.
a bad employee is causing more problems than you think.