Employee Terminated Due to Downsizing (Managing Essentials™ Series)
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Employee Terminated Due to Downsizing (Managing Essentials™ Series)

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

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 due to downsizing.
  • 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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Additional Information

It’s a good idea to write down and practice what you plan to say. Anticipate possible reactions and think through the best responses. Coordinate the necessary documentation and final papers with human resources for your manager. Try to schedule the termination early in the day and week, in a private area. Have a second person present. Tell the employee the decision to terminate has been made and allow a reaction. Stay in control and deal with arguments and emotion by saying, "I understand you’re upset, but the decision’s been made, and we need to move on." You may have to say 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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