It can feel brutal to be fired – as well as the person who is doing the firing. Is there really a way to do this with dignity? Experts in Human Resources and management say that it is totally possible, and makes them feel like they are more humane for doing so. Read on to learn about the challenges and benefits of firing employees in a graceful manner.
Honesty About the Situation
The manager (or another person in charge of terminations) should be able to give the employee an honest explanation of why he or she is being fired. This includes any challenges that the company is up against at the time that make it necessary to cut the person’s position, or if there were issues with the individual’s performance that need to be addressed. Do not sugarcoat things, but you have to give the person the full story so that he or she can move on with knowledge of what went wrong and how to approach a similar position in the future.
References Are Key
You might give your employee an assurance that you will provide a personal reference for which any job that he or she chooses to apply. This will let the person know that his or her manager is confident in the employee’s abilities and wishes him or her the best for future success. There is the further matter of having assistance that will give the person serious points towards a position in the same or similar field.
Meeting with the Family
Some managers will have a sit-down with the person’s family to explain the situation if he or she is being laid off due to the company having to cut back on employees. It’s rare, but it helps to clear the air and reassure spouses and children that it is an unavoidable issue. This is a personable approach that may be looked down on by many, but it is a good way to make the bad news a bit easier to handle.
In line with giving a good reference to prospective employers, you can reach out to local businesses that you think may have open positions that are well suited to the newly laid-off employee. The effort will certainly provide him with relief concerning job prospects, as well as show your kind nature. You also may want to put together a sampling of the employee’s most impressive work products (especially if the employee has tangible products that were solely or mainly worked on by him or her) to give to companies.