How you fire an employee goes a long way to determining whether they will want to sue you. The average wrongful termination verdict exceeds $200,000. The best way to avoid one is to take a checklist approach before terminating an employee. In this video, go over an example of a good pre-termination checklist.
- One question I ask managers is this,…do you have anybody working for you today…that if they quit you would be relieved instead of upset?…Almost everyone seems to have…at least one of those employees.…If you do have such an employee,…why are they still there?…Is it because you failed to document…their poor performance?…Are they the boss' kid?…What's the excuse?…The bottom line is that they're doing a disservice…to you and the company and they need to be let go.…
When you terminate an employee,…do it right like a human being…even if they were a terrible employee.…You don't have to make an already bad day worse.…Remember, they have to go home to somebody…and even worse if they have nobody to go home to.…I want you to know this.…It's okay to care about an employee as a person…and discharge them with grace…even if they did a really bad job.…
We don't treat people this way.…You encourage them to strike back…which they'll do on social media…and perhaps with a lawyer at their side.…Here are some termination do's and don'ts…
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