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Conducting a Termination Meeting

Scheduling. If circumstances permit, schedule the termination meeting at the end of the workday or prior to a weekend, so that the employee will have the opportunity to go home to engage family and friends for support. Termination of employees may be a necessary reality of the workplace, but the employer should not lose sight of the emotional impact of a termination.

If at all possible, avoid termination during a holiday. Terminating an employee during a festive season appears cold and "heartless" to outsiders, perhaps including other employees. Of course, for egregious infractions, the employer may have no choice.

Witnesses. Generally, a termination meeting should involve two management personnel: the persons responsible for termination and a witness. The witness may take notes if helpful. The presence of a witness, preferably one of the same gender as the terminated employee, will help to negate any claims of harassment or inappropriate action during the termination meeting, and provide an eyewitness to the process...

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