In the News: Sharon Armstrong helps say "You're Fired"

WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR, August 15, 2008 — “One of the hardest things I’ve ever done as a business owner was to fire someone,” begins reporter Aliza Sherman for an article posted on “I think it hurt me more than it hurt her — at least, that’s how it felt.”

She goes on to suggest things to consider before making the final decision to fire an employee, and interviewed HR expert Sharon Armstrong, owner of Sharon Armstrong and Associates and author of The Essential HR Handbook, about what to do to soften the blow.

Armstrong said her Top 5 Firing Don’ts include:

1. Don’t make the meeting too long.
2. Don’t go on the defensive.
3. Don’t be insensitive.
4. Don’t use humor.
5. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Sherman concludes: “When you come right down to it, although there are bound to be emotions involved on both ends, firing someone should be a business decision handled with thought and care.”

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