Worker Performance and Terminations — Hasta la Vista, Maybe?

Candace A. Bankovich

Contrary to the way “The Apprentice” depicts termination with the simple uttering of two words — “You’re fired” — terminations require much more planning and preparation. While some terminations may be conducted immediately out of necessity, most should be the final step of performance management. Methods for addressing an employee’s inadequacies can range from coaching to verbal warnings to written warnings to performance improvement plans (PIPs). If feasible, a good practice is to implement a PIP prior to termination. A PIP does not always result in termination and instead could be the tool to help a non-performing employee become high-performing.

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