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Firing an employee? Here’s how to do it right

If you have an employee who is not doing the job you hired them to do, you might be ready to let them go. You can hire someone new to fill the role, and you feel like you’ll be able to get someone better.

Before you decide to fire that worker, it’s important to make sure you’re doing so legally. Making a mistake during the firing process could end up impacting your business or even result in a lawsuit.

How can you fir0e an employee the right way?

As an employer, you should know that there is a right and wrong way to fire someone from your team. To start with, you need to know the reason that you’re firing them. Is it because of bad behavior, poor performance, a bad attitude, poor attendance or other similar issues? If so, make sure you have good documentation.

Keep copies of any write-ups or disciplinary action. You should discuss these issues with the employee each time they occur and when you’re firing them, so they understand your reasoning.

Finally, before you fire them, go back over their performance reviews. It’s helpful to give some people a probationary period as well so that the employee can try to make positive changes. If that doesn’t work, then you can return to terminating their role.

It is never easy to fire an employee, but if your employee isn’t doing what they should in the workplace, then it may be time to do so. If you have any questions about terminating an employee, you may want to discuss them with your attorney before proceeding.

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