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Is It Time to Go? When to Terminate the “Just OK” Employee

Posted by HRdownloads on May 3, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go, there will be trouble
And if I stay, it will be double
So come on and let me know
—The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

Although they’re singing about the pain of an on-again, off-again romance, the Clash reveals how ending any relationship—including the employment relationship—is never easy. Of course, not ending that problematic relationship can bring double the trouble, as Mick Jones sings. But how do you know when it’s time to cut ties with an employee who is just getting by?

When it comes to employees who ‘clash’ with the company, the worst offenders are easy to identify and discipline. Termination may be an obvious consequence for an employee who physically strikes another employee, or one who commits a major theft from the company. Other problem employees may be much harder to pick out.

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