As you know there is never a good way to fire / let someone go. But, I'm interested to see how many of you handle such situations when they occur. Do you delete all of their e-mails? Do you send an e-mail to their personal e-mail address? Do you call them on the phone? Do you tell them after their shift there is no reason for you to come to work tomorrow?
Also, I think most of the people in the web hosting industry have remote workers which make it easier to fire someone because you do not have to see that sad look on their face. In conclusion, let me know what you have done or would do.
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Well...our business is a bit more formal, so if someone is going to get fired, that generally amounts to calling them into someones office and talking to them. Basically tell them as nicely as possible, that they are being let go.
Firing someone is a really really sad thing to do..especially when it's a good worker, but the economy is the reason for firing them. Your sending them out into an extremely difficult environment right now.
Okay. Do you ever sit down with the employee and discuss why or what lead up to the termination?
Sure. The process is conduced in a friendly manner by my partner (graphic designer) because she is responsible to hire the employees and a very nice person. Fortunately never had a problem firing an employee and we keep contact with all them as we live in a "small world".
In the UK, if it's a "proper" employment relationship, there used to be a big long very prescriptive and proceedural way to dismiss people to ensure fairness. I've represented a fair few people in the employment tribunal where, even though it was a genuine reason to 'let them go', the employer had failed to actually do anything properly, and was on the hook on a couple of occasions for a few thousand pounds in compensation
Now the rules have changed so it's no longer quite so prescriptive, but, certainly, for most situations, you couldn't get away with simply telling them one day not to come back
As to how I'd do it, in a proper employment situation (and not simply a temporary contract etc...) it would most certainly involve a proper sit down with the employee, and assuming it wasn't their fault I was having to get rid of them, if they were a long time employee I'd try and give them plenty of notice. I know far too many people, both friends and family, who have been bitter at old employers for the way they went about getting rid of people - so I'd want to try and be as nice as is possible!
Get into an arguement with them, keep it going until they say "I'm not taking this crap. I quite!". Then you say, oh ok... dont let the door hit you in the arse on your way out
Seriously though, its always hard to let people go. The ones I hate is the ones that really try as well as are nice and sweet.... but they just cant quite do the job right and keep doing tons of small mistakes that cost you. You tend to get people who are perfect for the job, and are so good it would hurt the company to let them go..... but these people are cocky a$$es to be around. I probably fit that catagory myself..lol Thats probably because of my attitude towards other people that work here. I'm here to do a job, not to make friends..