When to Consider Termination

7 min

Deciding to terminate
an employee is never
a casual decision.

In most cases, it’s a final option that you turn to only
when all other possibilities have been exhausted.

Before you decide to terminate an employee,
weigh all other options first.

You can do this in three steps:

1. Identify the source of the problem

2. Consider the terms
of their employment

3. Review alternatives
to termination

TO RECAP:

1. Identify the source of the problem
2. Consider the terms of their employment
3. Review alternatives to termination

If your reason for termination is legal, aligns with their employee contract, and is the only remaining option after considering alternatives, then it is reasonable to consider termination.

Consider this scenario:

Clarissa and her team are preparing for the launch of a new product, and she learns that the updates to the company store are three weeks behind. Clarissa is frustrated with the employee in charge and is considering firing him for failing to meet deadlines. What else should Clarissa take into account before firing her employee?

Quiz 1 of 1

What else should Clarissa take into account before firing her employee?

a
Has she worked with him to improve his performance?
b
Does he have another job that’s taking up his time?
c
What are his coworkers saying about him?
d
Does he fit the company culture?

TAKE THE NEXT STEP:

Use the Termination Checklist to help you review the types of reasons to terminate and to see if your reasoning is legally sound.

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