Is Firing People Wrong? - by Ravi Patel

                               

There seems to be a lot of controversy in the Presidential primaries regarding Romney's much publicized out-of-context remark that he likes firing people.

                          

Is firing people wrong? Depending on the circumstances firing a person or a group of employees might be necessary for an Entrepreneur.

                            

A continually poor performer in any enterprise becomes a liability to the other team members and the organization. If there is no change in the employee's performance after repeated attempts to improve it, it would be wise to part company. Similarly if a third-party service provider does not consistently provide excellent service there is cause for firing that provider.

                                

In a broader sense, for the survival of a company and a majority of its employees if a few employees have to be let go (after all other options have been exhausted), it is most often the right thing to do. As Spock used to say in Startrek, .. for the survival of the many, a few have to suffer."

                               

Firing people for spite, revenge, uneconomic, or irrational reasons is never appropriate, but letting go of people for the right rationale is not necessarily wrong.

 

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