“What Do You Consider When You Let Someone Go?” - Boyd Clarke

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As Boyd points out, letting someone go can be the hardest decision you have to make as a manager. Particularly as Christians, we can be tempted to hold on longer than is healthy, either for the business or ultimately for the employee.

That's why transparency and honesty are so important. Letting someone go should never be easy, but there are ways to do it that maintain the employee's dignity, and aim at helping them move on to the next step in their careers (this article has some great things to say on the subject).

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TRANSCRIPT: Any person—whether it's in a faith context or not—who doesn't find terminating an employee in some way troublesome or difficult, I have to wonder what's going on in their lives. It's always hard. The person on the other side of the table that's being terminated from you is a human being. They have potentially a family; they have mouths to feed. They have a career to build. You need to understand that there are certain techniques that you have to master as you go through this, and one of them is the need to be very direct. You can't talk around the edges. This is a very difficult time for the employee. It's obviously a difficult time for you, if you've got a heart. It's really important to return to the basic issue. Being direct and transparent is often the best managerial technique. It's also, in my mind, consistent with the remit that we have as believers. Let your "yes" be yes; let your "no" be no. Say what's there.