The termination of an employee should be done with respect and dignity. In most cases, the underperforming employee is aware of their shortcomings and actually feels relief when they are no longer being required to do something they are ill fit to do.
Following the usual and required legal protocols when firing an employee is, of course, required. Beyond that, the adage, “hire slow, fire fast” is the best policy. Many of our Clients have used our firm to terminate an employee knowing that we are going to be conducting the search for the new employee. Being able to discuss with the fired employee why they did not succeed and how we, as a search firm, might be able to assist them, in most cases eases the discomfort of being fired.