Receiving a pink slip from an employer is never easy. It causes one to doubt their ability to perform up to someone else’s expectations and results in a huge drop in self-confidence and self-esteem. This can affect their job duties in the next position they take. Often time, the drop in confidence is directly related to how one was fired.
Managers are not always sympathetic to how they affect the employee when they let them go. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about it, ensuring that you will either damage someone’s self-esteem or leaving them feeling encouraged.
Don’t be the angry boss
I was once fired for being late to work by fifteen minutes. My manager yelled at me to, “Get out. You’re fired.” The problem here lies in the fact that I was deeply committed to my job. My boss decided not to take that into consideration when he fired me, which in turn made me feel disrespected.
Taking time to overcome anger at an employee, even if that means taking a time out before speaking to them, is important. It ensures that perhaps a manager and the employee can come to a solution or not, in a civilized and respectful manner for each party.
An employee deserves every right to know why they are being let go. A meeting with the employee in a private setting is not only important; it’s paramount to the future success of the person being fired. Let them know why their job performance is lacking in the skills desired for their trade, and what they can possibly do in the future to improve those skills.
A compassionate manager is a good manager. The employee being fired may be put into a financial crisis with family obligations and more. Although this is not a reason to ignore why you need to let them go, it is important for them know you are aware of what hardships they will most likely encounter when looking for new employment.
A manager may know of other companies in the same field that are hiring, which may fit the fired employee’s skill set better than their own. Encouraging them to find work according to what you feel is their best attributes lets them leave your employment with a better sense of self.
It is never easy for any manager to fire an employee, unless they’ve been stealing or something equally heinous. Most fired employees will move on to better themselves if they are treated with courtesy and respect.