Never* Fire Your Employees

Turnover is Damaging

Job security is going the way of the dodo, and a lot of business value is walking out with it.

Davis’s Rule of Fire: Never fire an employee you can’t arrest or sue.

Whenever clients hear me say that, I get a lot of but’s, but the reality is that those two reasons are the only viable ones for termination.

Alternatives to Termination

The most important thing to do with competent employees who are not working out is to have an honest, genuine sit-down that begins with a win-win premise. That is, all parties want everyone to come out of this meeting with the company going in a good direction and with the employee having a clear and satisfactory path either in or out of the company. Such a win-win perspective is impossible when termination is an option, because the power imbalance gives the employee neither choice nor voice.

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Self-actualization engineer who makes workplaces great places to work. PI at Quality of Life Lab (www.qllab.org). Consultant. Professor. Startup Advisor.

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Orin Davis

Orin Davis

Self-actualization engineer who makes workplaces great places to work. PI at Quality of Life Lab (www.qllab.org). Consultant. Professor. Startup Advisor.