How to fire an employee compassionately

How to fire an employee compassionately

How to fire an employee compassionately, and why it can be a positive experience.

Few tasks strike fear and dread into the heart of a leader like having to fire an employee. Often, leaders brace themselves for these types of conversations, stripping them of emotion in order to get through it in a practical, drama-free manner.

If anyone is going to get emotional, they reason, it should be the person being fired. But empathy and compassion are actually critical to smart firing, according to Inc., and backed up by my own 20 years of experience.

If someone is not doing their job, firing them is not going to come as a surprise. Being clear about the reasons for letting them go is the most respectful way of handling it. The key is to act fast. Giving a person who is obviously not working repeated chances to change their behavior or work ethic only delays the inevitable. It also undermines the morale of the rest of the team.

By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific, Inc.