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7 Reasons you should fire an employee


Unfortunately, talent doesn’t grow on trees, but sometimes people need to go. It takes a diverse bunch of people to run a company, but a few bad apples can ruin the bunch. And these days, companies cannot afford to continue employing staff that don’t fit the business and are costing more than their worth.

There are more or less 7 types of people that you have to get rid of – and sooner rather than later:

1. The troublemakers

Everyone has their own quirks, issues and dysfunctions, but we continue with our work to the best of our ability. However, when some employees create more hassle than they’re worth, it’s time to cut them loose.

2. The overpromisers

These people overpromise, and then underdeliver. They have over inflated egos which makes them think they can do anything, and as such will make over the top promises. But when their egos make promises that they can’t see through, it’s costing you money, time and effort.

3. The ones that are bad at customer service

Customers are important no matter who you are – it doesn’t matter if you’re the local butchers, or the next social network. The last thing your company needs is a member of staff who treats customers poorly or has a bad attitude.

4. The ones that can’t be bothered

You have hired this person for a specific reason – to do a job. Your job is to enable and equip this person with the right tools, so that they can get on with it. If they can’t or won’t after a few chances, then it’s time to say goodbye.

5. They’re a flake

Some people talk the talk and walk the walk, but when it comes down to it, you can’t count of them to get the job done, or even to show up when needed. You can’t trust this person because you don’t know when they’re going to flake.

6. They feel entitled

Some people are more entitled than they have a right to be. Half their mind is on the job and half of their mind is waiting for someone to slip up. They want to whine and complain and sometimes may even threaten litigation. Don’t give in to their behaviour.

7. They ignore company conduct

Your employees should uphold your company rules and culture. They should be upheld fairly and consistently across the board. If the receptionist was insubordinate, or if the top CEO lied about something on his CV, they have broken the rules, and should be walked out of the door.

Employees that drag down your organisation are causing you stress, time, money and effort. It may be unpleasant to deal with an awful employee, but stop thinking about it and just get rid of them. You’ll feel better, your team will be more motivated, and ultimately your company will run smoother and earn more money.

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