Though frustrations may be high, managers can choose to fire with respect, compassion, tact and professionalism. Follow this advice:
- Fire early in the week. While there is no good time to receive a pink slip, firing on Friday can cause resentment among the exiting employees because they are unable to network for a new position over the weekend. In addition, current employees could see it as a jerk move and grow to resent you. Instead, opt to terminate employees early in the week to show that you stand by—and aren’t avoiding facing—your decision.
- Put your reasons on paper. “You’re being terminated” is often all the employee hears. Provide a written explanation so the employee can review it later.
- Be discreet. Don’t escort the employee out in front of everyone. If possible, wait until a time when fewer employees are around.
— Adapted from “How to Fire Someone Compassionately,” Jada Graves, http://money.usnews.com.