You May Be Ready to Fire an Employee if…
No one likes to fire people (at least no one we’ve met). But sometimes, well, it’s just time. Sure there are all the probationary reviews and documentation to fall back on, but often the employee is virtually begging to be let go, if only you can read the signs. So, with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy:
You might be ready you fire an employee if…
You find his or her resume on the copier. The problem isn’t only that the employee is looking for another job. Everyone tests the waters at some point. The problem is that he’s doing it on company time, with company equipment and materials. Isn’t that what Kinko’s is for? This shows an extreme lack of respect. Plus, you can bet this employee is telling coworkers what he’s about. That’s workplace poison.
They are last in, first out, and schmoozing in between. This is clearly a person who just doesn’t care much about the job. Even if they are competent, do you really want them around? What sort of a signal does their lackadaisical attitude send to other employees? What affect are they having on the performance of other employees? If someone doesn’t care about the job, it’s time for them to find one they will care about.
You ask other employees to pick up their slack. If someone’s had ample training and plenty of time to learn on the job and are STILL not producing, the odds are they never will. It’s better to cut the cord sooner rather than later. That way they can find a job they are good at and you can find a more valuable member of your team. Bonus: your team will thank you for it.
They want to be a dancer and you need them to be a sales rep. If your employee’s goals don’t align with those of your company, you’re going to have a problem sooner or later, even if the employee is doing competent work. This can be a hard call, because we all have outside interests. But if it’s clear an employee simply does not care to aim where your company needs to go, it’s time to set them free.
You complain about an employee until your friends and family want to fire them for you. When you find yourself complaining for the umpteenth time about a certain employee (to anyone who will listen), what are you waiting for? Your spouse may be one of the best judges of when enough is enough. It’s when he or she puts the pillow over his or her head.