Post # 1
I learned something today that leads me to the conclusion that I need to terminate an employee’s employment. I feel terrible about it given it’s the holiday season and employment prospects in our relatively small city are minimal. She owns a house and has two very young children. I know she is the primary breadwinner; her spouse may even be a stay at home parent, I’m not sure.
I know I need to do this; what I discovered reflects on me since I am the boss and it is very unethical – let’s just say dishonesty. She was not at work today when I discovered this. I intend to fire her. The thing is, I feel AWFUL about it. I’m not in HR, I just worked my way up to the top of our smallish organization.
So I guess I’m asking for advice on how to do this. Do I just confront her immediately as soon as she comes back? Give her 60 days to find something else? Call her and tell her? How do you deal with these situations?
Post # 3
I’ve had to fire people as a boss. Type up exactly the offense and the action being taken. There are forms for this online if you need one. Call her in first thing when she comes in. Make sure you have a witness there. Tell her what’s going on and give her a copy of the termination papers. Make sure she signs it along with yourself and the witness. Copy for your records and one for her. If she has to clean out her desk or anything, make sure someone is there to witness and escort her out.
You have to do this right away because she is a liability to your company. Should she do something like this again you could be open to suit for knowing and not doing it. You can’t leave her around on notice as people can be vindictive and do a lot of harm in the interim.
Sorry your having to do this, it totally sucks for everyone involved.
Post # 4
If you took out the holidays and her personal life (which has NOTHING to do with her job) would you still need to terminate her?
Because, in that case – IMO – it needs to happen.
I’m not an HR bee, so that’s all I’ve got. :
Post # 5
Thanks for the tips. She definitely needs to go. She is argumentative to other employees and has zero people skills. I don’t think she intends to come off as abrasively as she does but I’ve talked to her about it at least a couple times. It’s frustrating because she is very dependable. But I guess that’s about it…this dishonesty bit is, frankly, the last straw.
I just hate firing people . Even if it’s deserved.