Don't let an insubordinate employee worry you. Here's
what to do.
A good severance package says a great deal about the humanity
of a business manager. A manager can tailor it to the size
and financial capacity of the business while, at the same
time, create a world of goodwill within the community.
The employee who, like Bill Bailey, finds himself or herself
thrown out the door with nothing but a fine-tooth comb, does
not leave with the same dignity of the employee who walks
out with a folder full of hope. An alert management is aware
that when workers must be terminated through no fault of
their own, it creates talk among that person's family and
acquaintances. A good severance package allows that employee
to tell others what the business "did for me" instead
of what it "did to me."
The severance package need not be elaborate to create goodwill,
but the absence of such a program will not go unnoticed by
either the terminated employee or those with whom he or she
makes later contact.
Finding solutions to severance package benefits.
A severance package is not the same as a contractual severance
payment. A package includes more items like a letter of recommendation,
help to find another position or an option to stay on the
group health insurance program for a limited time. There
are many ways a business can helps its former employee. Something
as simple as a certificate of appreciation costs the business
little, nothing more than the price of stationery and copies.
Why go to all that trouble?
Management may think the final paycheck and whatever severance
pay required by law is enough. Such thinking is short-sighted
and oblivious to the positive public relations benefits of
having a good severance package. Besides, it goes a long
way toward ameliorating any resentments the terminated employee
might feel toward the business.
In other words, having a good severance package to offer
a departing employee moves HR into the realm of PR, making
the effort put into the package all the more worthwhile.
The sense the company cares by offering such a package to
departing employees affects the ones who remain on the payroll.
The importance of this is immeasurable. It eases tension
among employees who might otherwise get the idea the business
has no heart, and they might begin to imagine themselves
as one day walking out the door empty-handed.
underperforming and insubordinate employees.