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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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Truth 48. Terminations are an engagement tool

First of all, let’s be clear about one big principle. Unless your soon-to-be departed has been the cause of a SWAT team visit or hazmat suits or a scattering of black fingerprint dust, firing someone should never be an occasion for celebration. If you derive a dark, secret satisfaction from telling someone that today’s their last day, you might want to consider taking on a new job. One that involves working with, say, plants.

Terminations are rarely a happy occasion. It’s not happy for the ex. If he or she wanted to leave badly enough to actually leave, that employee would have quit first. It’s not happy for the company. There is inevitably unwelcome expense involved: severance, legal, the expenses ...

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