My advice on firing is simple: Treat that person the same way you’d want to be treated if you were in that situation. They’re still a good person, just not the right fit. So how do you help them move on in a productive way that allows them to maintain their dignity?
– Mary Barra, CEO, GE
Letting people go is uncomfortable, creates anxiety, and often a dreaded part of people management. It’s not surprising that it’s often done poorly. Here is my advice for leaders who face this difficult task.
- Don’t do it on Friday at 5pm.
- Have a plan. Assemble a team.
- Keep it short. And respectful.
Unsurprisingly, EntreLeadership has the best advice for this subject:
How to Fire Someone the Right Way (Highly Recommended)