Employee Termination

Recently in class, we discussed employee termination. This is one aspect of Human Resources that can be a tough issue to tackle and we learned the best way to go about discharging an employee. For cases such as sexual harassment, petty larceny, or assault, firing an employee is an easy choice, because any one of these technicalities are basis for termination. However, sometimes the grounds for letting go of an employee are not so specific. For example, if an employee is incompetent, then there must be clear evidence of this. Also, alternatives to releasing the incompetent worker must be considered. Morale of other employees is another consideration when an employee is discharged. Workers may be fearful that their job is on the line if they are not aware of the reasons for the other employee’s termination. In cases such as these, Human Resources must be very careful as to not hurt worker morale.

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