Happy Firing

There should be absolutely, positively no reason for someone to be surprised upon being fired.  Ever.

Now, I’m not saying there won’t be a measure of shock.  But the fact that the two of you have arrived at this point should not under any circumstance be a complete surprise.

Here’s the four step continuum of progressive discipline with which every manager should be acquainted:

1. Suggest: “You might try this next time…”

2. Direct:  “I’d like you to handle it this way next time…”

3. Alert:  “It’s important that you remember to…”

4. Notify:  “We’ve talked about this several times.  If this isn’t corrected, your employment could be affected.”

These four steps happen BEFORE any mention of losing one’s job.

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