The Art of Terminatation
Terminating an employee is not an easy task, in fact it can be a very unpleasant experience. Is there a "proper" way to terminate an employee? Absolutely!
Generally speaking an employee is not terminated for any "little mistake" made, it's the repeated problems, low performance, stealing from the job and other conduct could that possibly lead to employee termination. At times termination could be due to changes with in the company, which may necessitate layoffs.
Whatever the case termination should be handled in a respectful, kind and dignified manner. Let it be noted that proper respect should be accorded the employee. Any disrespectful action on the part of the employer, may provoke the employee and lead to other problems.
Termination affords the employer the opportunity to show fellow feeling and understanding to the employee. Loss of a job can turn the employee's world up side down, kind words can sooth the blow.
The fact of the matter is, that, life could throw you a curve and you may one day face the same situation, how would you like to be dealt with? Don't create a chasm, use empathy and give the employee the proper respect, doing so will make you feel good about how you handled the termination.
Reference material: How to Say It at Work - by Jack Griffin