12 Questions to Ask Prior to Terminating an Employee
Before you terminate an employee, ask yourself these questions to be sure you have been fair in assessing the shortcomings.
- Have you outlined reasons and process for termination in your handbook?
- Is your termination lawful? Have you reviewed your decision with counsel to avoid the risk of discrimination?
- Are you sure you have appropriately counseled the individual toward improvement?
- Has the employee been given a chance to tell his story?
- What proof do you have of the counseling?
- Do you have supporting documentations to support termination?
- Has the individual made some effort toward improvement?
- Are you certain you have given the employee enough time?
- Will separation of employment take the person by surprise?
- In this situation, is it best to provide a final warning or last chance to improve or is immediate termination necessary?
- If immediate, why?
- If the individual is under contract, does the contract require any steps?
- Are there other administrators who have also been involved in assessing the individual’s employment? Has the HR director been involved?
- How do they feel about the individual’s efforts toward improvement?
- Are there extenuating factors to consider?
- Did the individual recently have a death in the family or other traumatic circumstance?
- Did the person recently complain about an issue that might give pause (i.e., sexual harassment) or have a workers’ compensation injury?
- How have you handled other similar situations? You want to be consistent.
From SOS HR Essentials Class on Hiring and Termination