Unless it’s for gross misconduct, don’t fire someone on a Friday afternoon. Instead, terminate the employee early in the week and early in the day.
- You’ll be more humane. Ejecting a newly unemployed per-son into the weekend leaves him angry, frustrated, confused and ready to talk to anyone who will listen about the lousy way he was treated. Firing early gives him time to adjust.
- You have more time to respond to other workers’ reactions. All employees have friends. They’ll want to know why their friend got fired and how the organization could do such a thing. Give them time to work on their feelings during the week and they will be less likely to spread venom about the company over the weekend.