Termination Due to Poor Performance (Managing Essentials™ Series)
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Termination Due to Poor Performance (Managing Essentials™ Series)

New Just-In-Time Performance Management Tool! You have an employee who is being terminated for poor performance. What do you do? There are four steps you can take to help the situation.

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Learning Path & Details


  • Developing Core Leadership Skills
  • Leading and Managing for Peak Performance

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to effectively work with an employee who is being terminated for poor performance.
  • Using a step-by-step process to successfully engage and communicate the issue at hand.


  • Integrated Video
  • Interactions and Activities
  • Downloadable Job Aid
  • Downloadable FAQ

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If you can, go over your organization policy and documentation with an HR person, legal counsel, or your manager. Be sure to coordinate any final papers you’ll need in the interview. Try to schedule the termination early in the day and week, in a private area, and have a second person present. It’s a good idea to write down and practice what you plan to say. Tell the employee the decision to terminate has been made and allow a reaction. Deal with arguments and emotion by saying, "I understand you’re upset, but the decision has been made, and we need to move on." You may have to repeat it several times.

Trainer Comments: When working with employees, it is important to always treat them with respect and care. This is as important to their success as it is to yours. A job well done is as important to people today as it ever was, and part of your job as manager is to help your employees achieve that goal. In many cases, when employees don’t complete their work appropriately, it is because they do not clearly understand what’s expected of them. They have not received the necessary training or instruction to do their jobs correctly.

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