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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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Topics: Termination

Take Notice: Understanding the Different Types of Notice

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 27, 2017 10:05:00 AM

In some cases, employment terms can go by many names and still have the same accepted legal definition. “Termination,” for example, is also known as “firing,” “dismissal,” or “letting go,” to name just a few. However, some employment terms have limited synonyms with entirely different meanings, depending on context. A prime example is “notice,” which can be used in a variety of scenarios (such as promotions or dismissals), and viewed from diverse perspectives (like employee resignation notice or employer written notice).

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Topics: HR Management, Termination

It's All in the Wording - Termination Letters

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 27, 2016 11:14:00 AM

An unfortunate, but unavoidable part of the employment lifecycle is termination. When a person is hired no one is expecting the situation will end in a termination; however, it is a reality that must sometimes be faced. Ending the employment relationship is one of the most stressful aspects of human resources. It can be fraught with legal minefields, not the least of which is the termination letter. Despite the best intentions to terminate an employee in accordance with legislation and in the fairest way possible, the termination letter can open an employer up to many legal issues if not done correctly.

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Topics: HR Management, Termination, Employee Lifecycle

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