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How to Terminate Someone with Poise

Watch this video to learn 4 quick tips for delivering the difficult news that an employee is losing their job. We know this can be a hard conversation to have. Use these tips to make sure you are delivering the news in the best way possible.

4 Things You Should NOT Do When Terminating Someone

4 things you should NOT do when terminating someone

The best way to prepare for terminating someone is to know what to say (and what not to say) during the conversation. It is often a difficult and emotional conversation to have. Conducting the termination with poise is your ultimate goal.

Here are 4 things you should avoid doing during a job termination conversation:

1. Don't procrastinate

The situation will not get easier with time. Don’t put off the conversation. Be prepared with what you’re going to say and then deliver the news.


2. Don't argue

It’s not worth getting into an argument with the individual. Now is not the time to have a debate. Simply speak objectively and move on.

3. Don't undermine the message

The termination decision is one you need to stand behind (even if you don’t personally agree with it). Be firm in the decision.

4. Don't talk about how difficult this is for you

As tempting as it may be, don’t comment on how hard it is for you to be delivering the bad news. Take ownership of the decision and speak with confidence and clarity.

4 things you SHOULD do when terminating someone

It’s helpful to know what not to say during the conversation, but it’s even more important to know what you SHOULD do in order to terminate someone with poise. 


Here are 4 things you should do during a job termination conversation:

1. Be prepared

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Unlock the "4 things you SHOULD do when terminating someone." 

You’ll also get a free instant download! Our printable communication guide will help you prepare to terminate someone with poise.

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We know how to support you and your organization during this time of change.

Outplacement is a service that employers provide to people who are affected by a reduction in force, a layoff, downsizing, or even for performance-related terminations. 


Transitioning employees receive individual help and advice from career coaches to assist with job search, networking, interviewing, and negotiation skills.


Being able to tell terminated employees that they are receiving this support makes it so much easier for you to deliver the difficult news. 


If you’d like to learn more about our affordable outplacement packages, call us at 877-244-8848.

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