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Plan Ahead

It is important for the manager to plan ahead for the termination event. This will, at a minimum, enable the expected aspects of the process to run more smoothly without any fumbling of words or loss of mission. The following actions can be taken to minimize the chances of a violent reaction by the employee being fired.

Provide Ample Opportunity to Improve Behavior

If the offensive act is not grounds for immediate termination, the IT employee should be given adequate opportunity for correcting their behavior. A person who feels they have been treated fairly during the process of progressive discipline  is less likely to overreact to being fired.

Avoid Surprises

When unacceptable behavior occurs, the issue must be addressed with the computer professional in a relatively short time frame, depending on the seriousness of the behavior. At times, IT personnel act contrary to company policies and management fails to respond expeditiously or to directly highlight the specific violation committed. Without taking these steps before discharging an employee, the employee may be confused and shocked by the surprise actions and go into an emotional rage.

Another situation that will catch an employee off guard occurs when in previous years a manager gives good performance appraisals to the employee, and then abruptly terminates the employee for poor performance. Of course this situation may be valid in some rare circumstances, but in many cases indicates poor or inaccurate feedback rating by the manager.

Several reasons may explain such inconsistencies including favoritism  in the past, a weak and non-decisive manager, change of reporting manager or job function, personal issues or life-changes, and work-related conflicts. IT managers are presented with many of these situations outside of their control, but they certainly can be honest, direct, and fair in rating the performance of their staff.


Men are three times higher risk of becoming victims of workplace homicides than women.

   - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The above book excerpt is from:

You're Fired! Firing Computer Professionals

The IT manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"

ISBN 0-9744486-4-8

Robert Papaj

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