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Terminations by Peter R. Garber

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Conducting the Termination Meeting

This is a serious meeting. Set the tone for the meeting from the moment you are in direct contact with the employee. It should be clear from the beginning of the meeting that the purpose is to tell the employee important information about his or her job with the organization. Don’t give the employee the false impression that this meeting was called for any other purpose. “You’re fired” shouldn’t be the first words you say to the employee, but you should not engage in any small talk either.

Explain that the purpose of the meeting is to inform the employee that his or her employment is being terminated. Give the reason for the termination but don’t go into any great detail. You might begin the meeting by saying, ...

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