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5 Signs It's Time to Fire an Employee

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5 Signs It's Time to Fire an Employee

You've had that lingering feeling for too long, yet you just can't bring yourself to do it. Maybe you're worried you can't do without them or maybe you just despise having to have "the talk." Either way, putting off firing a poor performing employee is just putting off the inevitable. BusinessNewsDaily asked five experts to tell us the five telltale signs that it's time to say: You're fired.

The sign: General carefree attitude. -- Arlene S. Hirsch, career and psychological counselor

"Do they want to do the job?  Do they come to work late or leave early? Spend more time socializing than working?  Miss deadlines? Make unnecessary mistakes? An employer can read between those lines that the employee doesn't really want to be there anymore," Hirsch said.

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The sign: You see their resume on the copy machine. -- Brad Karsh, president of JB Training Solutions

"If the employee is using company time and resources to find their next job, it is time for them to go," Karsh said.

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The sign: When other employees are forced to pick up their slack. -- Tmima Grinvald, certified professional business and life coach for The Round Well Coaching and Business Development

"Questions the manager has to ask themselves are, 'Do I really want to have on my team an employee who is not competent enough to do the required job, considering they had received proper training? ' and 'Do I really want to have on my team an employee who is not engaged,'" Grinvald said.

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The sign: When goals don't align. -- Barry Moltz, author and small business consultant

"The employee-employer relationship only works when the company goals match the employee goals. When this equation comes unbalanced, it is time to let the employee go," Moltz said.

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The sign:You continually complain about an employee to family and friends. -- Gary Cohen, executive coach and founder of CO2 Partners

"When you find yourself telling friends, loved ones or anyone that will listen to you another example of why this person is not working out. I find that spouses have great insight after listening to when you come home often complaining about the same person," Cohen said.

 

 

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.