Don’t Wait to Terminate

October 17, 2018
Inside HR
Read time: 2 mins

Successful HR professionals wear many hats. They screen applicants, hire people, and manage employees’ coaching, training, and development—and they know when it is time to let someone go.

When the conversations have been had, and the only option left is termination, swift action is usually taken. There are many reasons why employees need to be let go, but here are the four main reasons for termination:

  • Performance – Even with training and encouragement, sometimes an employee’s performance just doesn’t cut it. It hurts, because "we hired them and now we have to fire them."
  • Restructure – Change happens and sometimes "what got you here won’t get you there." There are times when organizations move in a new direction that won’t include all existing employees.
  • Job Elimination – Like restructuring, roles become streamlined. Organizations realize they no longer need certain types of positions as their business evolves.
  • Business Downturn – Enough said.

No matter the reason for termination, it has ripple effects that impact entire teams, departments, and communities. Therefore, it is important to have a trusted outplacement and career management resource to provide visible support for terminated employees.

We recommend that career management coaching start immediately! At MRA, we partner with organizations to work with terminated employees quickly. Reaching out proactively to terminated employees via phone and email within the first 24 to 48 hours after termination helps ease the sudden impact of job loss. We engage with the separated employees to manage their career transition by helping them tie up loose ends and move immediately forward in determining new career path options.

Our programs are available for individuals or groups. Programs can be delivered in person, or by using our Montage virtual meeting software. On-site termination and coaching support are also available for those more challenging situations.

Be prepared to deal with terminations as they happen. Contact us today to learn more about how a trusted partner can help.

Also, check out the article Offering Outplacement Is the Right Thing to Do. For specific HR questions, our experienced HR Advisors are available at 866-HR-HOTLINE (866-474-6854) or

Source: MRA - The Management Association