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The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition by Cornelia Gamlem, Barbara Mitchell

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Ending the Employment Relationship

“Is it ever appropriate to advise someone via text or email that their employment is being terminated?” was the question posed to a career advice column. The response was “This is not the best approach. Pick up the phone. If the circumstances are extraordinary and the employee cannot be reached, send a registered letter.”

Whether people leave voluntarily or involuntarily, it is important that they leave with dignity and respect. They will feel positively about their experience and perhaps refer others to your organization or even return to work for you again in the future.

Types of Terminations

A voluntary termination is one that an employee initiates, such as retirement or resignation. Reasons that employees ...

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