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How To Fire Someone (In A Way That Doesn’t Suck!)

Written by: Rikka Brandon
Published on: Jan 29, 2018

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Let’s talk about the things we all dread. That’s a fun way to start a blog post, right?

Taking tests we’re not prepared for.
Tax season.
Awkward holiday conversations with Weird Cousin Dana.
Firing people.

Now, there’s nothing I can do about Weird Cousin Dana’s proclivity to discuss conspiracy theories but I can tell you how to fire someone in a way that sucks less.

As an HR Manager who hired hundreds of people and as an Entrepreneur who’s hired for positions within my own companies, I’ve had to do my fair share of firing. And while it will never, ever be fun, it is possible to make it suck less.

I even created this free training to help you see firing in a new way. You can get access by clicking here. But, don't worry, if you're just here for a quick read look below the course image for some tips!

How To Fire Someone (In A Way That Sucks Less!) What? How?

By reframing how you view firing.

Consider, for a moment, how the employee in question probably feels about their work. Imagine the self-doubt when they hand in something they know isn’t quite right (but they’re not sure how to make it better.) Imagine how awkward they feel in the lunchroom – when everyone else is laughing + joking and they’re the odd one out. Imagine the headaches and poor sleep and Sunday Night Blues they struggle with every week.

No one (no one!) deserves that.

Everyone deserves a job where they can thrive and succeed.
Every company deserves employees who are excited and engaged.

I hope you rarely need to fire someone, but the reality of building an amazing team & leading a growing business is that some people just won’t work out.

I want to help you reframe the way you fire.

It’ll never be fun, but we can make it suck a lot less, I promise!

Learning how to fire someone without losing (that much) sleep over it, is a worthwhile use of your time. Sometimes the decision to terminate is obvious and easy. But, in many cases it, isn’t quite as clear and we can find many reasons it is our fault they haven’t had the success we expected.

Firing someone is never easy. But I’ve found that I rarely regret firing someone once it is done.

Because so many managers struggle with this choice, I decided to make a video series to give you a new perspective on hiring. So, if you are struggling with the decision to fire, take 10 minutes and learn a new way to look at firing.


P.S. If you already know you have someone you should probably be terminating, but you are feeling stuck about how to go about it, you should check out my Fire Power program. It's packed with how to's, conversation starters, and templates.



Rikka Brandon is the author of the best-selling book Hire Power: Everything Entrepreneurs Need To Know To Hire Awesome People. She’s the creator of the Hire Power Program, an online program designed to help small businesses build a rock-solid recruiting strategy and stop settling when they hire. She’s the Founder of and  Building Gurus. Rikka is the go-to girl for growth-minded entrepreneurs and forward-thinking business leaders and is considered as the USA’s Top Hiring Expert for Small Businesses.