(Closed) I think I am going to have to fire someone…

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I just had to fire someone for the first time in my life and it was not fun. But this girl was really negative with a bad attitude. Also, like your problem child, she was not good at the job.

Based on what you’ve written,she is not going to work out, so don’t prolong the situation. Call her in, tell her you’ve noticed that she’s not happy and having a hard time. And then tell her it’s best for all concerned that she leaves.

You don’t have to defend your descion-things just sometimes don’t work out. No blame. You tried, she tried and it’s not a good fit. Tell her you will mail her check and that’s that.

I made a point of staying really calm, which was hard for me because my bad employee started arguing with me. But I told her there was nothing to discuss and refused to be drawn in. Not easy, I know!

Stay strong and keep your resolve. Good luck:)

Post # 5
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi. I’m sorry you are going to have to go through the hoops to work this person out of your team. I’ve found that with some folks you need to be very direct. As in “do you understand you have received all necessary training yet are not meeting expectations?  Do you understand that associates who do not meet expectations are put on a performance plan as a final effort before employment is terminated?  I’m afraid due to your performance that is the road we are headed down.” 

It sucks but I promise it gets easier down the road. Additionally if you are very blunt with the associate you’ll never feel guilty that you didn’t give the associate every opportunity to turn it around. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had to fire one of my web developers, it was hard and honestly I get how awful and hard this is cause it took me 6 months of complaints from clients to do it, I tried working it out but it just wasn’t happening. I’m very non-confrontational and it was hard, but once it’s over you feel so much better!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think you need to give 3 written warnings here, correct?

You never know, maybe she’s just not trying her best. I’d have a talk with her and say ‘I’m going to have to give you a written warning for…….’ That might be all it takes to get her to lift her game. Make sure the written warning is for a good reason though, and explain that if things don’t change you’ll need to give her another one. I got a verbal warning once for something out of my control and I couldn’t take it seriously because I couldn’t change it. You know when you go to kfc and change your order? That’s called a deletion and I got in trouble for too many of those. Anyway, make sure the warning is for something she can change, that way she’ll know it’s serious and she needs to improve. Good luck.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

O dear, I’m sort of in the same process, but we are a little further down the line with the warnings and documentation. It’s terrible! My advice to you is to just DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT. If you have a conversation with her about getting something done in a certain amount of time, then follow up with an email saying “Per our conversation…” and ask her to confirm in writing. It’s very awkward, but it’s helping me get through it, and it means that if and when we do have to let this person go, it won’t come as a surprise. In our most recent warning conversation, we let this person know that “if we don’t see immediate and sustained improvement in doing xxx, further action, up to and including termination, will have to be taken.”

Ultimately, it won’t make it easier per se, but it will give you a process for it. Good luck! 

Post # 10
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1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh wow, you can’t write her tomorrow?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Just do the Donald Trump hand motion:

“Yer fired.”

Humph.

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