Human Resources News & Insights

The dreaded termination talk: Helping managers get it right

The termination conversation: The most distasteful part of any manager’s job. Here are some guidelines on how to handle these confrontations in a humane, controlled and legally safe way. 

The firing checklist every HR pro should use

Firing staff members is stressful – which is why so many HR pros sometimes hurry the process along to get it over with. But that’s a big mistake.  

Terminations: How managers rationalize putting them off — and then screw them up anyway

Managers will go to great lengths to avoid the dreaded “termination conversation.” And when the confrontation finally happens, they often screw it up. Here are some suggestions to solve both problems.

Could you legally fire Colin Kaepernick if he worked for you?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made a lot of waves for not standing during national anthem performances. And it has led a lot of employers to ask: Can workers who engage in such political protests be punished? Here’s the answer. 

Terminations: The whys and wherefores of culling the herd

Good managers don’t relish the prospect of firing people – indeed, they cringe at the thought. But letting people go is part of the manager’s franchise.

Shedding good employees who just can’t keep up: A humane, sensible approach

Good thing: Many U.S. companies are reinventing themselves, preparing for success in a ever-accelerating business climate. Bad thing: Some of your employees just aren’t going to be able to keep up.  

The dismal prospect of firing somebody around holiday time

Firing somebody just before the holidays strikes most people as the most Scrooge-like move an employer can make. 

Firing for bad attitude doesn’t violate labor law, NLRB says

You often hear managers whining about how “you can’t fire somebody for a bad attitude.” That’s wrong — and a recent National Labor Board ruling actually confirms that.  

Digital-age dilemma: Handling employees who misbehave in emails

Email’s ubiquitous in today’s workplace. And it can sometimes qualify as HR’s biggest digital-age headache.  

Poor performance uncovered while worker’s out on FMLA: Can she be fired?

Employers often get very nervous about taking disciplinary action against a staffer who’s just taken — or has just returned from — FMLA leave. A recent court decision illustrates that you might have more room to maneuver than you thought.