5 Signs It's Time to Fire an Employee
You've had that lingering feeling for too long, yet you just can't bring yourself to do it. Maybe you're worried you can't do without them or maybe you just despise having to have "the talk." Either way, putting off firing a poor performing employee is just putting off the inevitable. BusinessNewsDaily asked five experts to tell us the five telltale signs that it's time to say: You're fired.
- General carefree attitude. -- Arlene S. Hirsch, career and psychological counselor
"Do they want to do the job? Do they come to work late or leave early? Spend more time socializing than working? Miss deadlines? Make unnecessary mistakes?An employer can read between those lines that the employee doesn't really want to be there anymore," Hirsch said.
"If the employee is using company time and resources to find their next job, it is time for them to go," Karsh said.
- When other employees are forced to pick up their slack. -- Tmima Grinvald, certified professional business and life coach for The Round Well Coaching and Business Development
"Questions the manager has to ask themselves are, 'Do I really want to have on my team an employee who is not competent enough to do the required job, considering they had received proper training?' and 'Do I really want to have on my team an employee who is not engaged,'" Grinvald said.
- When goals don't align. -- Barry Moltz, author and small business consultant
"The employee-employerrelationship only works when the company goals match the employee goals. When this equation comes unbalanced, it is time to let the employee go," Moltz said.
- You continually complain about an employee to family and friends. -- Gary Cohen, executive coach and founder of CO2 Partners
"When you find yourself telling friends, loved ones or anyone that will listen to you another example of why this person is not working out. I find that spouses have great insight after listening to when you come home often complaining about the same person," Cohen said.