Help me fire someone.
October 4, 2006 4:43 AM Subscribe
Some advice on terminating an employee, please. There is much
posted by anonymous to work & money (33 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in a new position where I have a number of direct reports. One of my salaried employees does substandard work, shows no commitment (she leaves no later than 5:00, goofs off on the internet, and then has the gall to complain about deadlines), and doesn't take instruction well. I can explain exactly what needs to be done, at 9:00 in the morning, and at the end of the day what I get is half the job, and that half is done poorly. She is a writer, by he way.
Another thing is, this person deliberately sneaks out of the office every afternoon - the quickest way out is to walk right past my door, but she never does. She goes the long way, and I think it is so that I don't see her. Finally, I don't think she is properly reporting time off.
So - what do I do? A few specifics here - is it OK for me to ask HR to pull her time off records? And what is your advice for getting around the usual procedure of cooking up some 90-day probationary period and setting goals for the person, etc. I want her out. Now. She has been here since I got here, and is past the initial 90-day " trial" period. Also, how do I catalog her deficiencies - she's been turning work in on time, but as I said, it is unusable, and sometimes not complete. Since the work involves writing on arcane subject matter, it is not immediately apparent to non-experts that the work I'm getting is half-baked, sloppy, etc.
Oh, and what if someone (potential employer) comes asking for a recommendation? I can not in good conscience recommend this person for another writing job.