It didn’t escape me that University of Southern California head football coach Lane Kiffin was fired during the early hours of a recent Sunday morning in a private room at the airport.
Kiffin and the USC team were just returning from a 62-41 loss at Arizona State, and Athletic Director Pat Haden thought the best thing to do was fire him at the airport.
An airport seems like an odd place to perform a termination of a Division 1 Football coach. I mean, why fire him at the airport? Why not bring him into the AD’s office the next day or that evening and have that conversation? Then you can make sure you have all of your paperwork and have talked through everything with your legal team. Read more…
Employees quitting in dramatic fashion via a video message that quickly goes viral is certainly nothing new, but I wanted to share this example with you.
Aside from the obvious lesson of remembering your employees always have access to social media, there are three other lessons in this video (quotations are from this article about the video): Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “What kind of person cares that much about going to a baseball game that he would risk losing his job over it?”
The guy who hasn’t missed a Yankees home game for 38 years.
According to a CBS2 New York report, Joseph Neubauer, who hadn’t missed a Yankees home game since the 1970′s, was fired from his position because he didn’t want to mess up an attendance streak at Yankee Stadium. Read more…
By Howard Mavity
Should HR sit in on a termination?
A senior human resources professional recently posed this good question on a LinkedIn forum. As with many good questions, the answer is that “it depends on the facts.”
Here are a few initial observations before we get to the central question:
- A process should be in place so that HR is aware of the termination.
- Processes should also be in place to ensure that the supervisor’s boss or someone else in management has to approve a termination; even routine. Even in large companies, we learn of terminations carried out without oversight by frontline or site supervision. Read more…
Firing an employee is a task that no manager enjoys, but one that often appears inevitable.
Yet it’s a proven fact that hiring a replacement employee will cost a great deal more than retaining than the one you have, if that individual can be deemed salvageable.
That’s why it’s imperative to have a checklist of questions you ask yourself prior to pulling the trigger on your expensive turnover revolver.
Here are five (5) introspective considerations you should make sure to include on your checklist: Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
In that employee handbook of yours should be a page — maybe a few lines — on an employee’s responsibility to notify you if they are going to miss work. You know what I mean — who to call, when to call, that kind of stuff.
A recent case from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati reaffirms that employees need not relax these rules — even when the employee is seeking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
In White v. Dana Light Axle Manufacturing, the employer had a simple rule: when you’re going to be out, call it in. The plaintiff, who needed FMLA leave for a hernia surgery, assumed that because he had previously met with the employer in person to discuss his upcoming hernia surgery, he didn’t need to later call in his absences. Read more…
What do you do when you promote someone in your organization and it just doesn’t work out?
I’m not talking about someone who simply struggles a bit to adjust to a new position, but rather, someone who gets promoted only to then show everyone that they are absolutely not the right person for the job
The New York Times‘ You’re the Boss blog recently tackled this question, and it is a good one because it’s a common situation that lots of managers struggle with. Read more…
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Here’s a question that every manager and HR professional should ask themselves: Is it ever right to fire someone publicly?
If you have spent any time managing, or working in HR, you surely know the answer to that – No, never, ever.
So, how do we explain AOL CEO Tim Armstrong firing one of his senior managers last week two minutes into a conference call with a thousand employees of the company’s Patch team? And how do we reconcile the very public firing of Patch Creative Director Abel Lenz with the act that got him fired — taking a photo of Armstrong leading the conference call? Read more…
Life hasn’t been easy for big box electronics retailer Best Buy the past few years.
Best Buy used to be one of THE best places to buy all manner of electronics, but a combination of competitive pressures and self-inflicted customer service problems (I can’t mention Best Buy to my brother-in-law without getting a rant about his frustration trying to return a damaged cell phone) makes one wonder how much longer the company can hold on.
The latest issue is one no smart company wants to get into — layoffs becoming so common and regular that “employees have nicknamed the day they receive layoff notices ‘Tornado Tuesdays’ or ‘Termination Tuesdays,’ according to a story this week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
How would you like to work at a place like that? Read more…
While the economy seems to be on the mend, there are still many companies struggling to remain solvent. As such, companies that cannot find other ways to cutback are moving to lay off employees.
This is never an easy time for anyone. No one wins in these situations. The only upside is the business extends its lifeline at the expense of the employee’s jobs becoming obsolete.
There are ways to somewhat ensure that assumptions, gossip and miscommunications don’t make an already difficult situation worse — and that is to communicate truthfully and regularly. Read more…