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How do you fire someone who is having difficult personal problems?

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Question: “We're going to have to terminate an employee whose personal life has been in turmoil for the last year. There's no doubt he needs to go (and the decision has been made), but his manager feels terrible about having to fire the man. What kind of advice can I offer the manager? What kind of help should we offer the employee?”—Pete C. Colorado


Terminating an employee because of personal problems they are having is always difficult. However, the bottom line is that you have to do what is right for the company. If you have met with the employee to discuss his inability to perform his job, if you have thoroughly documented these discussions, the employee has acknowledged that there is a problem, and the employee has done nothing to improve his performance, etc., than you have protected yourself. Tell the employee that you understand their situation, but t...(register to read more)

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