Top 15 Reasons To Fire Someone


One of the worst things I hate to do is fire someone. I have a timeline as it takes me 3 days to do it, because it is so hard. Day 1, get written documentation in order. Day 2- Gear self up and make notes as to why I am firing and Day 3- Just Do It.

The reality is firing someone is not always bad. In some cases it can be a relief to both parties. Of course no one wants to get fired, but that is only the ego talking. I have actually been thanked for firing a person, as they went on to bigger and better things. If you have a bad apple in the bunch and you are not doing any thing about it, you lose respect from your employees.

On the reverse side, if you are an employee this is how not to get fired!

Of course the best thing is to Fire them up not Fire them, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

The single most important thing to do in business is to ask yourself “Is this an asset or a liability?” So go ahead and ask yourself “Is this employee helping us or costing us more money?” When you think that way making the decision to fire someone becomes easier

So when should you fire someone?

  1. Stealing
  2. Habitually Late
  3. Absenteeism
  4. Racism
  5. Poor Morale and effecting the morale of other personnel, trouble making, poor attitude
  6. Losing good workers due to one poor worker.
  7. Not doing their work and not getting results
  8. Directly disobeying orders and responsibilities
  9. Sexual harassment and wanton sexuality, dressing inappropriately
  10. Drug and Alcohol on the job
  11. Inability to do the job, making the same mistake over and over, refusal to learn
  12. Losing patients, being rude and not customer service oriented.
  13. Lying
  14. Violation of Protected Material
  15. Doing personal projects at work, i.e cell phones, texting, Facebook …

Before firing an employee, a manager should know the state’s rules and regulations and that they can’t fire someone because of race, gender or sexual orientation. Fire an employee legally with tips from an administrative trainer in this free video on business management and leadership skills.

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