5 Signs it’s Time to Let your Employee Go

By July 12, 2021 Managers

It’s never easy to let an employee go. That’s especially true right now when filling open jobs is a little more complicated. But there are times when you have to take that last resort and let an employee go. But how do you know when it’s the right time? Here are five signs it’s time for termination and what you can do to make it better.

They Have a Poor Attitude

Everyone can have a bad day, but we’re not talking about that. When an employee has a consistently bad attitude, it can affect the people around them and the quality of their work. If they’re prone to complain instead of fixing a problem, that isn’t something that can be easily solved. It may be time to let them go.

They’re Not Pulling Their Weight

If you find that other members of your team, or even yourself, have to buckle down and make up for the work they were supposed to do, it may be time to make a change. There are many reasons an employee may not be pulling their weight. They may be lazy or unmotivated, which doesn’t work for your culture. This is especially true if you’ve tried coaching them and it didn’t work.

They Haven’t Had Personal Growth

If the employee is resistant to personal growth despite mentoring and coaching, they may not be a good fit for your business. Personal growth isn’t just about advancing their career; it’s about changing their mindset for better success in their lives. If you don’t see any development, it may be time for them to move on to a better environment.

They Have No Motivation

A lack of motivation can be influenced by leadership. You work with an employee to provide incentives and work with their personal goals to help them find more excitement in their day-to-day work. But if none of that is effective and they are not motivated, they may be burned out and not a good fit for your company.

You’re Covering for Them Too Much

One of the most straightforward challenges to face is if your employee isn’t coming to work and you are finding that you or your team is covering for them far too often. If this is repeated behavior, it’s time to discuss it with the employee. If situations don’t change and it continues, it’s time to let them go.

Time To Find a Replacement

What happens next if you need to fire an employee? You still have work that needs to get done, right? Start by calling your staffing partner to bring short-term help to assist your department in keeping afloat. You may find that this replacement is a good fit after you see their work within your environment. Or, you can work with your recruiter to find a long-term fit for the role.


Do you need to replace an underperforming employee?

Work with the staffing professionals at The Vision Companies today. Visit our website and talk to us to see how we can enhance your hiring process! 

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