Lay off, let go, fire, sack... No matter how you say it, terminating an employee is an ugly phrase, and it’s one of the most taboo topics in the workplace. No one enjoys talking about termination, let alone doing it.
However, it’s a topic that just about every workplace needs to get right, and there are serious liabilities associated with termination that everyone should know.
For starters, there are the legal considerations. When it comes to terminating an employee, there are specific actions you must take, and certain things you can’t do. Knowing the rules will help you treat every employee respectfully while also protecting your company from wrongful termination lawsuits.
But that’s only the beginning. There are also cultural ramifications of improperly-handled firings. When people leave, there’s a profound impact on the remaining workforce, especially when the rest of the company doesn’t understand, and often can’t be told about, the reasons. And there are real business consequences. Losing a team member can negatively affect team productivity and outcomes if you don’t account for the exiting employee’s workload.
We hope you don’t have anyone on your team who you need to let go. But if you do, we want to help you do it right.
Created by content producer Ashley Thomas, Grovo’s new Microlearning® content on employee terminations will help you:
- Determine whether the reason you want to terminate someone actually warrants termination
- Gather the proper documentation and work with HR
- Lead the actual termination conversation in a respectful and prudent way
- Support your team through the aftermath
The unfortunate reality is that terminating an employee is a part of work life. It’s important that you’re able to treat everyone respectfully, manage any business implications, and protect yourself legally. And for those of you potentially facing the issue or wading through what you need to cover in order to do it correctly, one of our new lessons, When to Consider Termination, can help you sort through the logistical portion of the path in front of you.