Terminating employees is the hardest part of being a manager or HR professional. It’s also the most legally dangerous. More lawsuits stem from firings than any other employee interactions. So what can you do?
While you can’t expect an employee to leave a termination meeting happy, you can take a few simple steps to calm the person down and reduce the chances that he or she will leave the meeting and walk across the street to a lawyer’s office.
Here are five smart tips for conducting those termination meetings from Pat DiDomenico, the editorial director of BusinessDaily and The HR Specialist:
1. Keep your cool. You want to avoid heightening an already emotional situation. Don’t spring the firing suddenly or berate the employee in front of others.
Instead, you want to calmly and briefly deliver the news by summarizing the well-documented, job-related reasons for the termination. That way, employees may not l...(register to read more)