5 Tips for Terminating Employees the Professional Way

No one likes thinking about it, but occasionally, companies will hire employees that turn out not to be a good fit. It's ok, it happens every once in a while and the key is to know how to handle it when it does. Our HR consulting firm is here to give you a few tips for terminating employees the professional way. If you need assistance with this process, call Kmet Consulting at 877-783-5638.

5 Tips for Terminating Employees the Professional Way

Tip #1
Be honest and up front.
Put yourself in the employee's shoes. If you were being terminated or fired, wouldn't you just want the honest truth? Be kind and courteous about it. This employee is still a human being with feelings, so treat them how you would want to be treated. Be honest about why you are terminating them and allow them to grow from this.

Tip #2
Give them the option to improve first.
Employees can grow over time and while you may have decided to fire this person, have you considered if they can redeem themselves? Perhaps giving them a second chance may make all the difference. This could be a defining moment for the employee. They may end up being one of your best employees down the road.

Tip #3
Have the exiting process planned out ahead of time.
Know how the employee you are terminating will exit the building ahead of time. For example, have the following worked out before you start your termination meeting:

  • How the employee will collect their personal items from the desk or work area
  • How long will the employee be able to collect benefits for after termination (Is COBRA offered?)
  • When will the employee get his last paycheck
  • Will you need to escort the employee out? If so, have security on standby.
  • Remember to collect all company items before they leave (if applicable), such as their name badge or parking pass. If you charge employees for their uniforms if they don't return them after being terminated, then let them know that now. Honesty is the best policy.

Tip #4
Keep the meeting short, if possible.
let's face it, termination meetings aren't fun for anyone, so keep this meeting as short as possible. Keep your comments to the point and be courteous about how you present yourself.

Tip #5
Be open with your employees.
If you have terminated an employee, be honest with your other employees about it. Let them know this has happened, so they aren't wondering or worrying about the employee. Clear communication across the entire company is good.

Need Assistance with this Difficult Process?

Kmet Consulting understands that it can be difficult to terminate an employee in a professional manner sometimes. Emotions can get the best of you and you may go about it the wrong way. Advice from an experienced HR professional can go along way in situations like this. If you find yourself having to terminate an employee but you are not quite sure how to go about it, call Kmet Consulting at 877-783-5638. We are here to answer your HR questions and we are you one stop HR shop. For more information on the services we provide, visit our website at www.KmetConsulting.com.



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