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Do's and Dont's in Employee Termination

August 05, 2021

If employees need to be terminated for cause, employers need proper documentation in case of an appeal. Workplace coach Dr. Lynne Curry explains what does or does not make the case.

  • Don't confuse opinions with facts. Use specific instances of improper behavior instead of a supervisor's statement.
  • Be fair. Anyone employed for a year or more must be doing some things right. List the good points as well as how the employee failed to measure up.
  • Focus on performance problems rather than perceived causes. Criticism of an employee's personal life will result in a counter-attack.
  • Focus on significant issues rather than petty problems, especially if other employees have not been disciplined for those problems.
  • Don't hedge your statements - state the facts clearly and unequivocally.
  • Don't make your case in a way that can be used against the organization.