How To Conduct A Proper Termination
Last week, several clients did what sometimes needs to be done: they terminated an employee’s employment.
Some of the reasons for last week’s terminations included:
- Attendance issues; refusal to adhere to their job description.
- Alcohol and substance abuse on company property.
- Complaints from team members and clients about the employee; creating a toxic work environment.
Some points to remember when terminating an employee:
- Let the employee know of the decision in person, face-to-face.
- Make certain you have a witness present.
- If you cannot terminate in person, terminate by phone or Zoom, but do have a witness present.
- The message to the employee should be short; the decision has been made – there is no need for a detailed explanation.
- Kansas is a right to work, employee “at will” state, so you do not need to do anything else.
- Do not provide a termination letter. It is not required or needed, and to the employee it feels as if they are being terminated twice. Once is enough.
- All documentation pertaining to the termination should be placed in the former employee’s personnel file – nowhere else.
If you have questions or concerns about how to conduct a proper termination, please feel free to contact HR Partners anytime for assistance on terminations or for any other HR matter. (785) 233-7860.