Technology improvements, financial downturns, and business model shifts – these are all common challenges that may prompt you to consider laying off employees.No one wants to go through layoffs. But, it happens, and in a lot of cases, it is necessary for the survival of a business.
Here are 5 tips to consider when laying off an employee.
1. Let Employees Know Where They Stand
An employee should not be surprised that he or she is being fired. Rather than simply commanding folks to pack their things and leave, respectful employers explain the reasons behind the layoffs. Whether the employee is not performing up to the standard or does not fit within their team, you need to be clear about the problems.
Provide precise details about issues such as customer complaints, improper behavior during meetings, missed deadlines or failure to meet sales targets. Meet the employee and give them examples of problems regarding performance or behavior.
2. Go One-On-One
Notify the employees of the decision in private before the word is out. They should be told respectfully, behind closed doors. Allow them to take the news and figure out what they are going to do with it before they have to face their co-workers.
3. Allow For Goodbyes
Standard layoff policy seems to require terminated workers to leave the building immediately, but that is often not necessary. In most cases, it is recommended that folks be permitted a chance to say goodbye to coworkers. And there is absolutely no need, under normal circumstances, to have someone escorted to the door by a security guard or supervisor.
Keep in mind that terminated workers are recent employees, not ordinary citizens. When possible, it is even better to let workers transfer their responsibilities in an orderly way, perhaps training others who will take over their former jobs.
4. Ease The Transition
Ease workers’ transition to other employment. For example provide resources to help laid-off workers find jobs, register for unemployment benefits or return to school.
By providing outplacement services, you are helping folks in your community and generating goodwill with the people being let go and those remaining.
5. Remember The Remaining Workers
With fewer employees, it is more crucial than ever to maintain productivity and keep your company running. That is why you cannot neglect the workers who are left behind–often with high levels of concern about their job security and new tasks they may be asked to undertake.
Mention clearly about job duties and expectations, especially if workers will be asked to take on tasks earlier handled by others. Furthermore, talk about each employee’s performance and what led to decisions about who to keep and who to let go. These discussions help people understand what they can do to keep their jobs. And if there is a chance there will be future layoffs, it is fair to let employees know you will continually evaluate the situation.