Anyone hired and works for a company can be dismissed, whether it is his fault or not. The process of dismissing an employee is not fun. However, there are times it is the only option. Since it is an unpleasant situation, you should face it has something that is inevitable in your company. When letting an employee who does not meet expectations of your business go, you should follow the required steps. In so doing, you will protect your company from potential litigation and mitigate the shock the employee can suffer when fired.
The process may not be fun or easy, but it is necessary. However, you should have a good attitude and proper preparation towards it. You can terminate an employee in a positive way and with a minimal amount of disruption. Moreover, you will have peace of mind and sleep better at night. Remember that layoffs can mean the end of the business relationship. We are living in a small world and the way your treat your employees can have an impact on your business.
Litigious nature of governments demands that you follow the required protocols when firing someone. Mistakes that occur during termination process can result in expensive, unnecessary, and protracted litigation. Remember that termination needs planning and implementation. Therefore, employers need to handle terminations in a compassionate and discreet manner to reduce risks of litigation. The following are guidelines to help you to avoid wrongful termination.
You need to understand details about the performance of an employee from which you will base your decision. Ensure you preserve your worker’s dignity. It is important to note that a person fired can naturally feel resentment towards your business and you. Thus, everything you do needs to be designed in a manner that minimizes natural resentment.
You should conduct this meeting out of earshot and sight of other employees. It should be in a quiet place where interruption is minimal. Carry out the meeting in a place, which does not alert other employees.
Sometimes an employee may not have an idea that he or she is being fired, let him or her know it is the subject of discussion. You need to show empathy to the employee that is leaving. Others can agree immediately, others might get angry or even cry.