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There is no employer who hires employees with the intention of having to let them go early. But sometimes things don’t work out according to plan, and decisive action has to be taken. When no other course of action remains, an employee may have to be fired.

But this doesn’t mean that an ugly scene has to play out. After all, the last thing any employer wants is an explosion of emotions or hurt feelings, even if the meeting takes place via video conference. The good news is that such explosions of emotions can often be avoided, assuming that the correct professional approach is taken.

Here is a quick look at how to let go of an employee professionally.

Choose The Right Time

First and foremost, it is important to choose the right time to inform the employee. It is widely agreed that action should be taken as early in the week as possible. This way the employee can spend the rest of the week exploring other employment opportunities, as opposed to being thrust into an unproductive weekend.

Keep in mind that other employees may need a group meeting in order to discuss what the missing team member means for them. Above all else remember that your concerns should primarily be with the company and its best interests. Hence, focus on those that still remain with the company, rather than those that are leaving it. If you’re interested in a little fun while you contemplate your own employee situation at

Have A Plan

You are soon going to have a gap in the company that needs filling, who is going to fill it? If there are internal candidates who can move into the position, be sure to have a meeting with them in advance and get a better understanding of the situation. And ensure privacy is always retained, no one needs to know the nitty-gritty behind the scenes.

If an outside candidate is called for, be 100% sure that they are ready to fill the position immediately. One of the worst situations to put yourself into is having a vital gap that needs to be filled and not having an immediate solution to the problem.

Consult The Jury Before Taking Action

No, we don’t mean a literal jury, we mean the one that exists in your head. Before going through with your intended plan, visualize that you are required to justify your actions before a jury in a court of law.

Are you able to defend yourself beyond a shadow of a doubt that firing was just, and that you took the necessary steps to prevent internal chaos?

One Step At A Time

Lastly, once you are convinced your course of action is correct, be sure to take it to step by step. Terminations that turn into chaos generally go awry because steps were rushed.

Once again remember that you acting in the best interest of the company and that each step should be done according to professional corporate standards.

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