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These days, even the most stable companies are feeling the effects of the current economic downturn. The volatility of the stock market and the fierce competition among tech companies have made it difficult for organizations to retain employees. But while some employees may leave of their own accord, others may be terminated as a last resort. Here are some tips on how to terminate employees the right way to avoid resentment and rebuild trust in the future.

Be transparent

The most important thing about terminating employees is being transparent and honest with the people involved. Start by providing your employees with proper written notice, and then follow up with an exit meeting to make sure you cover the critical aspects of the termination process. This can be done in a respectful yet business-like manner. While you want to be as brief and concise as possible, you also want to avoid being too terse or vague. You don’t want to leave employees confused about why they’re being let go or why specific policies have changed. This can result in pushbacks from the employee, leading to legal issues or a severance agreement dispute which are situations you will want to avoid as much as possible.

Do your research

Companies’ most common mistake when terminating employees is failing to do their research. Before you fire anyone, be sure you know: – What policies and procedures do your employees need to know? – What tasks do they need to complete? – What procedures do they need to follow? – What are the current priorities? If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, you could be firing employees without realizing it. Make sure you know the answers to these questions before you fire someone.

Be consistent

Another mistake companies make when terminating employees is inconsistency. If you’ve decided to let someone go, try to be consistent in your approach. That means using the same written notice for all employees, offering the same exit meeting guidelines, and following the same procedures for the exit meeting. If you show inconsistency in your approach to firing employees, it may cause confusion, uncertainty, and even resentment. Employees may feel as if you don’t have a consistent enough approach to terminate them, which could contribute to low employee engagement, retention issues, and turnover.

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Be clear about the reasons for termination.

As you begin the process of terminating any employee, it’s essential to be as clear as possible about the reasons for termination. This helps to minimize any confusion about why you’re letting them go and allows the employee to ask any questions that they might have. You don’t want to be vague or use any euphemisms to terminate someone. You want to be as clear and direct as possible.

If employees are being let go for performance issues, you want to ensure a clear road map for improvement. If an employee is being let go for other reasons, you want to make sure that they are transitioned into another role within the company as quickly as possible. You should also be as clear about the next steps after the termination.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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