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How To Fire Someone (How To Fire an Employee Gracefully)

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How To Fire Someone (How To Fire an Employee Gracefully)

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How To Fire Someone Nicely || Employee cutting it short on performance in key areas? In this video, I share with you how to fire someone – more importantly how to fire an employee *gracefully* without feeling horrible – in way that’s clear and there are no misunderstandings.

Watch the full video to learn how to fire someone nicely, and let us know how it goes in the comments!

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In over 20 years in business, I’ve never met a single founder who hasn’t had to fire at least one employee.

While the thought may create knots in your stomach, letting an employee go is actually a super valuable skill with further reaching implications than you might think.

Because done wrong, It could crush team morale, compromise data, and even cost you valuable customer accounts.

Breaking up isn’t fun… but it’s a skill that as a founder you need to get skilled at.

In this week’s video, I’ll share 5 steps for firmly (but respectfully) letting an employee go… while setting up all stakeholders for a smooth transition.

At a high level, here’s how to let an employee go the right way:

1. Prep accounts
2. Schedule the sit down
3. Not a discussion
4. Remove access
5. Communicate the reason

Of the five, the last one gets the most neglected.

Once they’ve been “let go”, it’s tempting to just move forward and drop it from your mental/emotional bandwidth.

But unless you take a quick 15 mins to inform the rest of your team about the decision, and more importantly, the reasons behind it… you may inadvertently be fueling the rumor mill while planting the seeds for a toxic culture.

At the end of the day, if it’s not working out with an employee you owe it to both THEM and the company to move on gracefully.

You might think that you’re doing them a favor with countless “extra chances’, but it’s likely just your own fear and resistance speaking.

If the writing’s already on the wall, you owe it to everyone involved to move on and let them find a career that they can be a total rockstar at.

Give the episode a full watch here, and then drop me a comment letting me know of any lessons you’ve learnt from letting an employee go.

Dan “consciously uncoupling” Martell

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ABOUT DAN MARTELL
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“You can only keep what you give away.” That’s the mantra that’s shaped Dan Martell from a struggling 20-something business owner in the Canadian Maritimes (which is waaay out east) to a successful startup founder who’s raised more than $3 million in venture funding and exited not one… not two… but three tech businesses: Clarity.fm, Spheric and Flowtown.

You can only keep what you give away. That philosophy has led Dan to invest in 33+ early stage startups such as Udemy, Intercom, Unbounce and Foodspotting. It’s also helped him shape the future of Hootsuite as an advisor to the social media tour de force.

An activator, a tech geek, an adrenaline junkie and, yes, a romantic (ask his wife Renee), Dan has recently turned his attention to teaching startups a fundamental, little-discussed lesson that directly impacts their growth: how to scale. You’ll find not only incredible insights in every moment of every talk Dan gives – but also highly actionable takeaways that will propel your business forward. Because Dan gives freely of all that he knows. After all, you can only keep what you give away.

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