When You Must Terminate for Performance
“We have to let you go.”
Nobody wants to hear those words. And nobody wants to say them.
One of your toughest tasks as a manager is terminating an employee for performance-related issues. Emotions are running high. Often employees don’t see it coming (even when they should). In the stress of the moment, it’s easy to forget to convey critical information – or to say the wrong thing. And a well-intentioned comment could backfire – fueling anger and resentment or providing fodder for a lawsuit.
Here’s a useful checklist that can help you navigate these difficult conversations. Use it as a planning tool to help map out what to say and what not to say. Then keep it handy during the meeting to be sure you’ve covered all the bases.
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