Being A CEO, a manager, a business owner is certainly no cake walk. When it comes down to knowing when to fire one of your employees, that’s something that a lot of bosses struggle with, but we’re going to fix all that right here and right now.
What it all comes down to though is that if a person is failing to perform their tasks and failing to be a valuable asset to your company, it’s high time to cut ties.
You need to be reaping the ROI in order to keep your company profitable, and people are no exception. After all, employees are investments.
Here are all the signs that definitively point to it being time to fire one of your employees. I know firing falls under conflict, and that’s something that is far from easy, but if you rationalize any of the following things that any employee does, you’re only hurting your company.
They Can’t Take Direction
Part of having employees is being able to give them direction and feedback and part of an employee’s job is being able to act on that and improve their performance. If they have a complete inability to take direction and you have clearly given this to them on more than one occassion, they need to be gone. Like yesterday.
They Completely & Utterly Lack Ambition
Do not kid yourself on this one. You absolutely cannot teach someone ambition. A person either has drive or they don’t, and if they fall in the latter category it’s not going to work out.
Their Attitude Is Atrocious
It doesn’t matter if you’re running a Fortune 500 or a bootstrapped startup, your employees need to have a decent attitude. Why? Because it impacts everyone around them if they don’t, including your other employees, and this is going to lead to a toxic company culture. If you have an employee that just can’t adapt to being kind and a team player, it’s time to fire them.
They Just Stir The Pot
What falls under being a pot stirrer? Pitting your other employees against each other, causing drama, spreading rumors or lies, bad mouthing you, complaining about the tasks you give them. There’s just no room for this in any company.
They Can’t Deal With Change
Change is essential to company growth and success. If you have an employee that can’t deal with change, can’t adapt to new tasks, and just generally can’t keep up with the pace, you need to find someone who can do all of these things.
They Argue Back
If an employee argues with you, other employees, or your customers and clients you need to get rid of them as soon as you possibly can. This is absolutely inexcusable behavior and will only lead to them having a major blow up about something or creating a completely hostile environment.
Your Clients Are Complaining
Data doesn’t lie: 86% of customers will completely eliminate doing business with a company due to a bad customer service experience, and I can hardly blame them. What’s more, these disgruntled customers go on to tell between 9 and 15 people about their terrible experience. If your clients are complaining about one of your employees, let them go. End of story. Nobody wants to do business with a company that serves up bad customer service, and this is something that will ruin your reputation to boot.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label and is also the Chief Chick at Chipchick.com which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about keeping women informed of the latest technology trends and products to improve their lifestyle and believes in providing real, useful information and advice to her readers.