If you were asked to think of a rubbish boss, you would probably name the character David Brent from The Office. This article looks at the stupid things he, and similarly hilariously bad bosses, might say when firing an employee.
Firing an individual is never a nice thing to do. No matter what anyone says, if there is a person who enjoys doing it then they are not very good at their job. What’s more, they would probably say one of the following things while doing it.
Don’t get me wrong, it is okay to be compassionate, but the best way to show this trait is to deal with the situation professionally and with the utmost integrity.
It is okay to greet the person and ask how they are, as you normally would, but another small talk such as asking how their family is, where they are going on holiday this summer, and whether they have made plans for filling all of the spare time they are about to have should all be left well alone. Get to the point and get it done – plan it like a meeting, have bullet points to cover off and keep it short.
“I’m Sure This is a Big Shock”
If you are making larger scale redundancies, it should never be a shock. As the person in charge, if your team does not know this is coming then you have failed in your role. It is part of a leaders’ duty of care to tell their teams what is going on at all times, so they can prepare accordingly. Nasty surprises should never happen with an issue as serious as this, and you should have laid the ground accordingly.
Seriously, if you are letting someone go, for whatever reason, they do not want to hear things like “I know how you must be feeling” or “I do this with regret.” If that is the case, why do it in the first place? At the same time, you do not need to be cold and emotionless, but find a place between the two.
If I Can Help In Any Way….
This is in a similar vein to the last one, however many managers do say this sincerely. At the same time, why on Earth would you be putting yourself in this position if you have had to let the person go in the first place. Of course you could help, by giving them their job back!
Obviously firing someone is not easy, however by dealing with the process professionally, the process will be a lot smoother for all parties involved.