Don't let an insubordinate employee worry you. Here's
what to do.
It is never a pleasant business to terminate employees.
Nonetheless, the prospect presents itself and you must take
action. If the termination is for “cause,” you
must take great care must to keep from making a bad situation
worse. There are books and articles available to guide a
manager through this sticky problem.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to layoff employees for economic
reasons. While this presents a different set of problems,
you still must handle it delicately. The bruised feelings
of the former employee may express themselves in ways that
damage the business.
Problems Can Arise When You Terminate Employees
The decision to terminate employees raises several different
issues. How will the termination affect customers or clients?
You must contact them to let them know they can expect the
same quality of service they have always enjoyed. It is unsettling
for a customer to find the friendly employee he or she always
worked with is no longer there.
When it becomes necessary to fire someone, another question
you must ask is, “How will this affect the remaining
workforce?” When a coworker gets fired, rumors spread
like wildfire. Most employees think, “It could happen
to me.” You may need to reassure them and calm their
fears. It is a mistake to assume that by terminating one
employee, the others will increase their productivity. Worried
about their job security, these employees may unconsciously
decrease their productivity.
There are external forces at work here as well. There are
federal, state, and local laws that regulate employee termination.
When you decide to terminate employees, you should brush
up on these laws. If you do not, you may be inviting a complicated
If you fire employees because of downsizing, keep the all
workers informed. Once you fire one set of employees, the
business needs might require more layoffs. If this is the
case, let the employees know they will get plenty of notice
before the next wave.
Also be aware that terminated employees may act irrationally.
You may need to change locks and security codes. In short,
a great deal of thought and preparation is necessary before
you terminate employees.
underperforming and insubordinate employees.