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How to Deal When You Have to Fire Someone

August 1st, 2017

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, Provisional knows that firing an employee is not an enviable task. Even if they have poor performance and don’t make any effort to change, it can still be awkward and uncomfortable. You may even have feelings of guilt afterward. However, if someone isn’t contributing – and is actually harming team morale and productivity – it’s time to cut the cord. Here’s how to do it:

Document the situation.

Before you make a move, make sure you document everything. This includes the performance improvement plan, warnings that were given and when, and any emails between you and the employee. Even if you had past meetings face-to-face, it’s important to document when they happened and what was communicated.

Create a plan.

Once the decision has been made to terminate an employee, it’s important to have a plan in place beforehand. For instance, you need to make a list of all the company property they have access to and make sure their passwords are de-activated and security badge turned in. Likewise, you want to ensure you have an employee or multiple employees in place to handle the increased workload until a replacement is found.

Act quickly.

Firing someone is uncomfortable. But don’t put it off because you don’t want to deal with it, or in the hopes that their performance will turn around. The longer you wait, the more time the person will have to continue dragging the whole team down.

Get to the point.

When it comes time to terminate an employee, don’t sit around, making small talk. Instead, get right to the point and be straightforward. Let them know you’ve got some bad news for them and then tell them they’re being let go. Be clear about the reason and avoid making any justifications about the situation.

Go over the essentials.

Once the news has been delivered, your employee is likely in shock. But it’s still important that you go over the essentials – including final pay and termination of benefits, unemployment, unused vacation time and how co-workers will be told about the situation.

Be respectful and gracious.

While you should aim to keep the emotion out of the equation, it’s important to be gracious and respectful during the process. Even if the termination stems from poor performance they weren’t willing to correct, it’s still a devastating experience for the employee. Be sensitive and keep that in mind during the conversation.

If you need more advice on staffing and recruiting for your team, contact the experts at Provisional.

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, we can help you quickly source, screen, and hire temporary talent for a variety of positions. Just give us a call today to learn more.

The 3 C’s That Will Undermine Your Team Building Efforts

February 18th, 2014

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, Provisional knows the best teams can accomplish more as a whole than they can individually.

But building a great team takes more than just throwing a group of people together and hoping they can work it all out. You have to invest an enormous amount of time and effort to develop rapport and support, establish guidelines and goals, and become a champion for your team.

Unfortunately, though, when it comes to team building, we see many companies make the same mistakes again and again. To help ensure yours isn’t one of them – and you can create a high performing team – here are a few mistakes to avoid:

Lack of Clarity

When people are placed on a certain team or in a certain department just because they have a particular skill set, but they don’t understand goals and expectations of that team, confusion will ensue.

It’s important to ensure everyone on the team – the manager included – has a crystal clear understanding not just of the big picture, but also of the small details. That includes who is responsible for which daily tasks and when and how to report progress.

After all, if people don’t know what their individual roles are or where they’re going, how are they going to achieve anything at all?

Lack of Chemistry

Not everyone needs to be best friends. But when it comes to building a strong team, chemistry does matter. So when selecting members for your team, do your due diligence.

Understand what each person can bring to the table and why they should be a part of the team. Know their core behaviors and learning styles and how those fit with the role and the team as a whole. The last thing you want is to have to serve as a referee rather than a manager.

Lack of Communication

Creating an environment where every member feels like their voice is heard and their opinions matter is vital for the success of any team. Otherwise, problems will arise and spin out of control before you even learn about them.

But when you regularly solicit feedback and input from your team, you have the opportunity to cut issues off at the pass and identify new solutions for building an even stronger team and achieving your business goals.

Need more help hiring for your team? Call Provisional. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, we use a consultative approach to provide customized staffing solutions to our clients. Just give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.

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