Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Advice From Yahoo On How To Fire People

Silicon Alley Insider has a news post that outlines a PowerPoint presentation that Yahoo! HR has been giving managers on how to dismiss their staff.

If you've never been on either side of the desk (me, I've been on both sides a lot, both firing and being fired), the language that the HR flacks require may seem mechanical and lacking in compassion.

However, scripting the process is an absolute necessity. The last thing you want for your company is some dipshit middle manager ad-libbing, and saying something that leaves the company exposed to a wrongful dismissal suit.

And for employees, here's the best advice I can offer: don't feel bad about getting fired. In fact, enjoy it and revel in it. Face, it, losing your job is almost always the prologue to a new, exciting chapter in your life.

I'd even go so far as to say, never quit, if you can help it, make them let you go.

Here's the bottom line: if you get dismissed, you get paid. If you walk out on them, you get bupkiss.

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