Who Should You Fire

The 3 People In Your Office You Should Fire

Managers are often reluctant to fire employees, thinking it sends a negative message, as if the company is disloyal and heartless.  And some managers are just plain chicken, avoiding letting an employee go because they don't want the confrontation or they hate the idea of hiring and training somebody else to fill the position.

The fact is, firing is almost as important as hiring.  The saying “One bad apple spoils the barrel” is never more true than in the workplace, where a single negative influence can damage the morale and motivation of everybody else.

If you have an employee who is poisoning the work environment and refusing to pull their weight, you need to get rid of them – today.  The message the other employees will receive is that you're serious about preserving a positive work environment, and you won't accept less than 100%, 100% of the time.

3 People You Should Fire Immediately:

1. The Complainer

When my husband ran an extremely successful sales floor, he had one rule: No Complaining.  If a sales guy complained, he got one warning.  The next time he was fired on the spot.  In an environment where positivity, focus, and drive are so important, whining and complaining is an anvil that drags everybody down.  If employees had a problem, they could come talk to the manager in private.  But they could not grouse, bitch, moan, whinge, or bellyache to their fellow employees.

2. The Slacker

Everybody needs to pull their weight in the workplace.  This isn't just to preserve productivity – it's for employee morale.  If your other employees see that one guy continually slacking off, his tasks inevitably falling on their shoulders, it's a serious detriment to their job satisfaction, and it makes you look clueless as a manager.  You can't afford to let these things slide.  Everybody needs to be looking for ways to work harder and smarter, not shirk responsibility.  If you have an employee who consistently misses deadlines, needs help with assignments, or manages to pawn his jobs off on other people, then he needs to go.

3. The Resister

A lot of employees don't like change.  That's no surprise – it's human nature to resist the unfamiliar.  But a successful company needs to adapt, and this means that work practices are continually evolving.  If you have an employee who fights innovation simply because it's new and different, that person is fighting progress.  Star employees don't fight change, they embrace it – they even initiate it.  You want people with vision, ambition, and innovation.  You don't want a troglodyte fighting as hard as he can to preserve the status quo.

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    Ed Khan
    Posted at 08:01h, 19 July

    very helpful.