Terminating someone’s employment is never an easy decision and should not be taken lightly. I am reminded of some excellent advice I received when I got into the business many years ago: “always remember, when you fire someone, you are taking away his or her livelihood.” I never forgot that.
Unfortunately there are times when you must terminate someone. There are really only three legitimate and compliant reasons to do so:
- Economic reasons, such as lack of work (we call it a layoff).
- Poor work performance (documented, with appropriate detail).
- Violation of basic policies such as stealing or mistreating customers.
Termination for these reasons only and you are less likely to face compliance problems.
In the next post, I will provide you some practical discharge methods.