Is it callous to fire an underperformer who is working hard?

02/12/2013 | Ask A Manager blog

Honesty is the best policy when handling a hard-working employees who isn't meeting performance standards, Alison Green writes. Meet with the worker and set up goals that must be met within six weeks, or give the worker a transition period to find another job, she suggests. The key is being fair because "the rest of your staff is your most important audience," Green writes. "They'll watch how you treat people in that context and draw conclusions about how well they're likely to be treated themselves."

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