The fine art of saying, ‘You’re fired’

August 17, 2005 by  
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Shirley believed she was doing Sam a favour when she fired him. Concerned that he would repeat his mistakes in his next job, she calmly detailed all of the reasons for his dismissal and offered advice to prevent those problems’ recurrence. Sam took it well, requesting clarification on some points and agreeing with others. Pleased, […]

Harder after 1997 to fire an employee

April 6, 2005 by  
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Chief executives have to be adept at distilling what is relevant. In speaking last week to TEC Canada, a forum for Canadian CEOs, I was asked for my top 10 list of dismissal don’ts and dos. Here are the don’ts, to be followed in my next column, on April 20, by the dos. 1. DON’T […]

If you have to fire an employee, be sure to do it right

January 26, 2005 by  
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Casino Rama chose to gamble with Susan Smith. It lost. Badly. Ms. Smith, 35 years old, had worked as a security officer at the casino near Orillia, Ont., for only two years. She was likely content to just do her job — verifying that patrons were of legal age and that they didn’t create disturbances […]

Fired employee entitled to bonuses

January 12, 2005 by  
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Frederik Chann was a high-stakes dealmaker, so it should have been no surprise that he rejected the $325,000 settlement he was offered when he was fired. Chann’s gambit paid off recently. He won his lawsuit against his former employer, and an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered RBC Dominion Securities to pay almost $750,000. The number […]