I’ve never been much of a golfer. I remember my dad telling me he wished he had played more golf. So a few years ago when I drove past a mini-golf course on the way to pick up him from summer camp, I decided I was going to surprise my son with a quick 18 holes.
“You’re fired!” Those words became a joke when they were shouted on a popular reality TV show. The reality is, however, that when you fire an employee, it has enormous impact. Firing someone cannot be taken lightly. Not only does it have a financial and emotional impact on the employee and their
Many times when managers come to HR professionals and say they want to terminate an employee, HR asks if they have any documentation about the issue. That is typically when management rolls their eyes and grumbles something under their breath about HR being difficult and always saying “no”.
To Review or Not Review...Why Is That The Question?
The great HR debate has resurfaced. Should a company conduct formal employee performance reviews or should they provide employees with on-going feedback? Many are opting to do away with the formal reviews and develop a system of on-going feedback instead. I have to say I have never understood what the fuss is all about. Why do you have to choose?
“Everybody loves Tony. He has been with the family business for years and is a great guy. Over the last several months, however, his job performance was slipping. He has been coming in late and when he is here, he isn’t performing at the expected level. He misses deadlines, forgets about meetings with customers, and is irritable. I have talked to him and told him that he needs to turn it around. I didn’t document anything because, well, you know, it was Tony. I think I have to fire him. What should I do?”