Questions about layoffs

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If you were a manager who needed to lay off a staff member, what are some of the things you would do to help communicate a lay off as gently as possibly and to help the employee transition gracefully out of the organization?  

Oct 22nd, 2015

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If i was a manager who needed to lay off a staff member,i would have been follow following appropriate  steps:

Step 1: Have a Strategy

The absolute worst way Manager can fire someone is haphazardly. It's harder on both Manager and the employee, and Manager have a greater risk of something going wrong-not to mention the risk of future litigation. So whether you are canning one lousy performer or shutting down a whole business, you need to strategize ahead of time.(article45392,

Step 2: Do the Homework

One of the biggest mistakes manager can make is to not prepare adequately &thus , can be face following issues
a.The reason for the termination
This means Manager can fire them at any time, for any reason, provided the termination is not based on race, religion or age.
b.Last paychecks
Manager can  only legal obligation to  terminated employee is to pay all salary earned up to and including the termination date, plus any accrued vacation time. According to Rooney, not having that last paycheck prepared for the employee on his or her termination date is one of the biggest legal blunders a manager can make.

Step 3: Plan the Logistics and Execute

There is no great time for a layoff, but most experts recommend Manager do it in the middle of the week. Also, first thing  is preferable, mainly so you don't have to sit around all day waiting to act.

Do your best, be decent, and if it helps you sleep at night, just remember this: By making your company more efficient, you're doing everyone a favor.


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Oct 22nd, 2015

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