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Our syllabus on firing covers how to manage underperformance, how to make job expectations and goals clear, how to put someone on a performance improvement plan, and how to let someone go in the most respectful way possible.
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  1. Managing Underperformance

    Managing underperformance is a crucial aspect of employee management, as it can be a precursor to firing. Effective strategies include setting clear expectations, providing feedback and training, and offering support and resources to help employees improve.
  2. When and Why to Fire

    Knowing when and why to fire an employee can be challenging, but it is essential for maintaining a productive and positive work environment. Reasons for termination may include poor performance, misconduct, or a lack of cultural fit. It is important to consider legal and ethical implications and to communicate clearly with the employee.
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  3. How to Fire

    Firing an employee is never easy, but there are ways to do it that are respectful and professional. Key steps include preparing for the conversation, delivering the news in person and with Empathy, providing clear reasons and next steps, and following up with the employee and remaining team members. It is also important to handle the logistics, such as collecting company property and updating records.
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