Sooner or later, almost every manager has to fire someone. And let’s be clear: Firing is different than laying someone off. The latter is a business decision in which the targeted employee is innocent, while the former is a response to employee behavior. We’re talking about firing here. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.
Don’t React Quickly or Emotionally
Do: Remain Calm and Patient
So, you catch an employee stealing equipment. You should immediately say “You’re fired!” right? It seems like a logical reaction. You’re not going to keep the employee who’s stealing from you, but what you should do is tell the employee that she is suspended pending an investigation. Why? Because when you fire someone you don’t want anger to come to play. It increases tensions and can complicate the outcome.
To keep reading, click here: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Fire