How Do You Say Good-Bye To An Employee?

Posted on March 21, 2014 by - Also by this author

Sometimes you know you should let someone go because they just don't fit in anymore. Maybe they got too big for their britches. Maybe they got burned out and didn't care anymore. Maybe they have animosity because others were promoted above them. The list of reasons for not fitting in and doing a good job anymore can range from person to person and situation to situation.

In the case of a long term employee, in my case, five years, it can be hard to let them go. You know they are not pulling their weight. You know their co-workers are complaining about their work habits and ethics. But even so, the loyalty over the years makes it hard to sit down and do what you need to.

You know it is the right thing to do. So where do you begin? I am not talking about the legal documentation and written notice of termination. I mean, how to begin the conversation? Do you say, “Hey, by the way, you're fired?” Or, do you say, “Hey, I have really appreciated all your hard work but....” It is such a difficult conversation.

I am human. I have emotions. I have been fired in my life. I have been “laid off,” “let go,” or whatever nice version you want to spin on it. You know that feeling of wondering how you will pay your rent. How will you make your car payment and keep your insurance on it? Speaking of insurance, what about your benefits such as health and dental insurance? Your whole world is turned upside down in this five-minute conversation.

At the end of the day, as a you lay your head down on your pillow, you think about how much it sucks to be the boss sometimes. As they say, the buck stops here.

— Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More Shop Talk Blog Posts

September 21, 2016

When Marriage Proposals Go Wrong In The Limo: Part 2

Limousines might be good for weddings, but prove troublesome for popping the question.

September 21, 2016

Safety Tips For Driving In High Winds

Driving Gem: Do you know the size of your vehicle's sail area?

September 14, 2016

When Marriage Proposals Go Wrong In The Limo

Mini-Series Part 1: A trailer park, curses, a tumbler of vodka, and a pack of beauties. Could anything go right about this trip?

September 14, 2016

Detecting An Alternator Failure

Your fleet vehicle electrical systems depend on optimally running alternators. When an alternator fails, you'll be left on the side of the road.

September 12, 2016

A Horrible Experience As A Mystery Rider

A dangerous five-point U-turn, lack of local knowledge, and requests for directions ruined an evening limo run.

See More

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (1)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blogs

See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - September 2016 $12.95 COVER STORY: * How Do We Max Our Markets? * *
LCT Magazine - August 2016 $12.95 COVER STORY: * Stay in the Black Despite Insurance Blues * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close