By Terry Corbell
The Biz Coach
3 Key Human Resources Issues to Consider When Terminating Workers
At least two people are uncomfortable in terminations and layoffs. Certainly, the employee feels stressed. That’s true for the boss, too, assuming she or he has a conscience. After all, it’s a very arduous event. If multiple employees are laid off, it’s really strenuous and tiring for the employer.
Assuming as a boss you’ve been diligent in evaluating your employees and the welfare of your company, there are normally three reasons for a layoff. They include poor performance, unproductive behavior and insufficient profits.
But the termination process doesn’t have to be a rancorous occurrence in meeting standards for employer responsibility.
Keep in mind that if you’re forced to terminate workers, there are normally three questions to ask yourself:
Are you following all applicable laws? Make sure you’re aware of your obligations in your region. State officials often require notification. So do union agreements. You should be diligent in your human resources paper trail before terminations. That should include progressive discipline and counseling. Be careful in what you do, say and write. If there’s any doubt, check with an expert. Actually, it’s a good idea to do it anyway.
Are you acting on facts and irrefutable information? Make sure you’ve dotted every “i” and every “t” in your paperwork. Take and use copious notes. Don’t allow yourself to be embarrassed from poor human resources practices. Document poor sales, customer service complaints or harassment of co-workers.
Employees are entitled to know the answers to three questions:
- What’s expected of me?
- How am I doing?
- What’s in it for me?
Make sure each employee gets equal, objective treatment. Don’t allow your behavior to become less than polite.
Are you fair and compassionate? In a nutshell, remember the Golden Rule. Treat employees as you would like to be treated in a termination by a world-class employer. Again, if an employee is not expecting to be terminated, remember the fault does not entirely lie with the worker. It’s your fault if you have not been diligent in communication as a supervisor.
From the Coach’s Corner, for related reading:
- How to avoid EEOC Discrimination Suits
- Human Resources: 12 Errors to Avoid in Evaluations
- Human Resources: How to Fine-Tune Management of your Staff
Otherwise, for employees, job-hunting, and bosses, here are other numerous HR strategies.
“The soft stuff is always harder than the hard stuff.”
Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.