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Termination Tips for HR Practitioners

June 3, 2022


After your organization has made the difficult decision to fire or lay off an employee, less is often more when it comes time to deliver the news, some experts say.

“The termination interview is not the time for discussion and justification,” says Melanie Peacock, SHRM-SCP, an associate professor of business at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Instead, she counsels human resource professionals to simply say, “The decision has been made. Effective immediately, your employment is terminated.”

“Say the same thing over and over again,” Peacock advises. “At first, I thought that was rather inhumane. But it’s more compassionate by making it quick.”

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