Friday, November 2, 2012

Up in the air on how to fire someone?

Did you like that movie UP IN THE AIR? I recently rented it. I was not thrilled—kind of creepy.

Anyhow, if you have any sort of clout, you may need to let someone go sometime. It’s an indicator of executive power—as well as a horrible obligation.

Melissa Korn, WSJ, Oct 20, 2012, says The Donald’s “You’re fired” is probably too dramatic.

The direct manager should do it—not some outside firm like in the movie.

Have someone else present—a witness. Just in case.

Have a written summary of what the employee is being offered.

Make it quick. Fifteen minutes.

Be specific about why. Don’t let the employee think it’s gender or age.

Do not apologize.

What day of the week is best? None is great. Do it when the decision is made.

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