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When to Terminate
October 20th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

One of the hardest things to do in any business is to terminate an employee.  It’s even harder if the employee is a family member.  Here are some thoughts on termination.
Let someone go if:

  • You are miserable.  When the value an employee brings is over-weighed by the frustration and anguish they cause – and you feel – it’s time to part ways.
  • The person is disgruntled.  Unhappy people make others unhappy.  It’s a cancer that spreads within your business or department.  You will be better off if they’re gone, and so will they.
  • You’ve done everything you can to save them.  People deserve a fair shot at succeeding, but if you have given them every opportunity to do well and they just haven’t responded, termination is the answer.
  • They haven’t performed according to the specific criteria you have identified for them.  It then becomes fairly easy because they effectively end their own employment by failing your well-documented expectations.

Terminating employees is hard, both emotionally and tactically.  But it must be done periodically to enhance the likelihood of your team’s overall success.



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