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Use these six strategies to fire your employee with tact

by , 24 June 2013
Mickey Arthur has been sacked as Australia's cricket coach less than three weeks before the start of the Ashes. He's expected to be replaced by Darren Lehmann, ESPN cricinfo reports. Although it's reported that Cricket Australia will officially announce the decision in a press conference later today, Arthur was told the news during a meeting with the Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland yesterday. It might have been Sutherland's turn to break the bad news to Arthur this time around, but your time will come. One day, you'll have to let one or more of your employees go. The question is: Will you know how to break the news to your employee with tact and diplomacy?

With a dwindling economy, companies are finding themselves in a tough position of having to restructure. In many cases, this means having to let go of some employees.

As Sutherland found out this weekend, being a bearer of bad news is by no means an easy task.

Don't trivialise it!

If you aren't prepared, it could get ugly.

Fire your employee with tact using these six methods

Here are the four steps you can take as outlined by The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service:

#1: Do it in private. Pick a time and place where you'll be free of distractions and make sure that no one else can hear what you're discussing.

#2: Get straight to the point. Right from the word go, let the employee know that the news isn't good. For example, say something like: 'I have some unpleasant news.

#3: Be prepared for an emotional reaction. Let your employee express their emotions. 'They might be tearful or angry, but let them vent. Don't say 'calm down' or 'try to be reasonable', these comments are cold and condescending.

#4: Plan for the worst. If you suspect the employee might become violent, make sure you've provided for your own safety. Make sure you have security you can fall back on.

#5: Give assistance where you can. 'Once your employee's emotions have subsided, point out the assistance you can offer in terms of retrenchment packages, referrals and contacts that could help with new employment,' says the Loose Leaf.

#6: Don't feel guilty. Forgive yourself for being the bearer of bad news. You aren't causing their distress, the news is. You're merely doing your job by delivering it.

Knowing how to break the news to your employee will ensure you handle firing with tact and diplomacy.

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