Human Resources

When Do I Let That Employee Go?

ADDSThere comes a time in every employer’s life where he or she will need to let go an employee that performs well.

This decision is hard to reach, especially if that employee is one of the best workers in a business. Why would an employer fire a good worker? There are various reasons why a great worker could or should be fired.

For employers that are just now considering what should be done about a previously good worker, here are a few suggestions.

  1. Employees that work well, yet cheat the company’s time tracking software cannot be trusted. The employee, no matter how hard they work when on duty, is cheating the system and effectively stealing from his or her employer. This cheating can be clocking in early, clocking out late, or having another employee clock them in when they are not at work. Employees caught doing this should be disciplined. If the measures do not work the employee needs to be let go. A stealing employee is not good for any company.
  2. Three strikes rule – Employees that consistently need to be written up for being late, leaving early, or missing work need to be let go after three strikes. This can be just as difficult as one strike firing as no one likes to lose a hard worker.
  3. Performance reviews. Include the infractions in a performance review. Missing work will be counted toward performance. Even if the employee works hard when he or she is at work, the days missed will significantly lower production or performance. This should not be negotiable.

Allowing an employee to stay on long after it is obvious they are going to miss too much work is detrimental to a company. The morale of employees will lower when they find that an employee is being paid for cheating the company’s time tracking software.

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Morale is also impacted by seeing an employee miss days, yet still receive rewards for good performance. This should be avoided at all costs – one employee is not worth a high turnover of multiple employees.

Vice versa, there is the possibility of letting a good employee go too soon if the infractions are small and during a troublesome time in their life.

Everyone goes through illness, whether it be their own or that of a loved one. The Family Medical Leave Act allows spouses and parents time off from work in set amounts. If the employee needs more time, sit down and discuss options. It is important for a valued employee to know that they truly are valued. This alone may help the worker find ways to not miss work.

If your company can feasibly allow the employee to work from home, telecommuting is a wonderful way to help a good worker stay a good worker.

Options are available for multiple business platforms. If the employee can perform them remotely, work with them to allow this. The whole company may find that performance is raised across the board.

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