How to fire an employee nicely

First of all, don’t use the word ‘fire’. That’s the first rule in terminating someone’s employment in a kind and professional manner.

And terminating someone’s employment is not easy. It’s clearly not easy for the employee, but it’s not easy for HR or the Manager either. (If it is, find a new job.) If you are like most people and it makes you anxious, this video shows you how to can accomplish this tough job with empathy and respect.

This was the focus of this discussion with LHH Knightsbridge in a variety of roles and, as a career transition specialist, has been present for many terminations. She shared her considerable insight:

3️⃣ In addition to the employee, there should be 2-3 people present during the termination meeting: the direct manager, the HR representative, and, possibly, the career transition specialist

3️⃣ It’s the manager’s role to advise the employee that their employment is being terminated. The manager’s statement should be brief and to the point, taking no more than 2-3 minutes.

🗣️ The HR representative will go through the details of the termination, including any severance pay or benefits the employee may be entitled to.

🙏 Remember to thank the departing employee for their contributions!!

Check out the video if you have to do one to ensure that this often difficult meeting is as smooth and respectful as possible.

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Andrea Adams