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First Time Firing

Rebecca Mazin

Handle this tough but essential management task with confidence and professionalism with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783000708
Paperback42 pages

About This Book

  • Maintain your professionalism throughout a difficult process
  • Gain confidence in working in emotional and pressured situations
  • Clear examples of actions taken from real-world firing case studies

Who This Book Is For

If you are faced with the daunting task of firing an employee, First Time Firing breaks the topic up into manageable pieces that you can use to create the best possible outcome for a situation fraught with potential missteps. Whether you are a new manager or simply want to brush up on a tricky task, this helpful and concise guide will be on hand to support you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Making the Decision to Terminate
Does the employee fit the job?
Dealing with poor performance
Investigating employee misconduct and rule violations
Are there rules and regulations to follow?
Preparing a recommendation to terminate
Chapter 2: Preparing for a Termination Conversation
Who do I notify?
Who needs to be in the room?
Communication and equipment
Keep your termination checklist handy
Gather your notes and practice
Timing makes a difference
Chapter 3: Conducting a Termination Conversation
Where should we meet?
Write it down and take notes
Start with a statement of purpose
Stick to the facts
Handling emotional people
Words to use and words to avoid
The special situation of reductions in staff
Chapter 4: After the Employee Leaves
Write a summary
Internal communications
Should I talk to the employee I fired last week?
Do I give a reference?

What You Will Learn

  • Identify and articulate the reason for a termination
  • Act consistently in making firing decisions
  • Time your conversations to avoid difficult situations
  • Prepare effectively for a termination conversation
  • Express yourself clearly to keep control of the situation and maintain professionalism
  • Handle difficult employee reactions from tears to tantrums

In Detail

Firing someone is never easy; it shouldn't be. The key to minimizing sweaty palms and the chance of stuttering through a statement is remembering that this is a business decision, and a business conversation. It requires preparation and planning for success.

First Time Firing will provide you with clear and practical guidance to making termination decisions and acting on them. It will take you from making that first decision of the process, through preparing notes and recommendations, to delivering the news with confidence.

Firing people is a difficult but necessary management task; it is essential that you maintain your professionalism and keep the needs of the business at the forefront of your mind. This hands-on guide is the perfect companion that will help you to do exactly that.

Beginning with helpful advice on making a termination decision, HR expert Rebecca Mazin breaks down the process from the initial decision, through to planning and conducting the meeting, and then guides you through the necessary steps afterwards.

With real life examples to illustrate best practices, First Time Firing takes a concise and logical approach giving you the confidence to handle a termination.


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