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Posted 9/29/16
I've had to hire and fire people before. It didn't bother me when I had to "clean house". When I manage a team, I don't befriend them. They know I'm nice and reasonable, but if they screw around or just annoy me with their performance, I cut them off. I've fought with higher ups where they tried to fire perfectly good performers so they can keep the "hot girls" that actually didn't do shit/didn't know what they were doing. I basically went to the CEO and let him know the case. I got the approval and filled the team with an all new roster.

I really don't give a second thought if they were poor performers in the first place. If it's for a different reason unrelated to performance, MAYBE, I'd feel somewhat bad....maybe.
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No. But I wish I fucking could. Being lazy or incredibly stupid in the work place seems to be the norm now.
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I have been a retail manager for about 10 years, and I have had to fire lots of people. I has also hired quite a few. I have had a couple of very difficult situations when firing someone. The worst was for employees that I liked, but I was ordered to fire them. One was a really nice guy, but just got stuck with the worst shifts and had the lowest sales so I had to let him go. Another was similar. One thing I had to remind myself was I was not their friend, I was their boss, regardless of how I felt. You can remind them not to take it personally, but that seldom helps. Just keep in mind business is business and has no place with feelings.
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drozy wrote:


None2Cool wrote:

I have only fired someone once before. But since i was not the company owner, he just went to my boss and got hired back right under my supervision again. that took a whole 10 minutes. Next thing that happened, I quit. If I have the power but cannot use the power why am i there?


You quit because you couldn't fire someone?


Among other things, Yes that was the tipping point.
I had worked for the company for 10 years, got to my post early on.
Had never had problems with full-time employees, until the one that was working for me/ under my supervision/ that did not listen/ and that I could not release. from duties.
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When I was a customer service supervisor at a Walmart while I was still in college I almost had to fire a cashier for refusing to help with carts (it was a small neighborhood store so the cashiers did carts in turns). She claimed that she was hired to be a cashier, not do physical work like getting carts. I literally had to go and print off the cashier description for our store and show her that physical work is included but the majority of the time they would be cashiers but may be asked to perform other duties around the store. I just said, if you don't want to do carts that is fine, but if you don't want to, go clock out and go home and don't come back you will be fired. I never ended up firing her, but a assistant manager eventually fired her for being consistently slow at ringing up items. Her IPH (items per hour) was extremely low every shift I seen and constantly creating huge lines piling up at her register, but I didn't have the authority to fire someone for that cause (only if they refuse to actually work - not sure why since going slow on purpose is the same thing in my mind but oh well).
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how many people here actually hired people ?


this is a good movie to watch-- check out the trailer it has some clips about people being fired..

Up in the Air
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1193138/




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Posted 10/29/16
When my mother was serving as Deputy Director of Nursing at a USPHS hospital several decades ago she was handed the dubious honor of firing 1 of the nurses on staff by her boss, delegation of authority some would call it. I remember she was literally sick with worry about having to do this. The edict was handed down on a Monday whereupon Mom chose Friday as the hatchet date so this nurse would at least have a partial paycheck to live on. She handled it well during "execution" but she endured a few sleepless nights before that fateful Friday arrived.

It's not win-lose; it seems to be a lose-lose proposition psychologically speaking on both parties involved though the 1 being let go seems like the ultimate loser when viewed from a 3rd-party perspective.
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Turning a match and farting at the same time would count as fire to someone?
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I actually had to fire someone this week. new guy because disrespectful, insubordinate, and threatening. Had him escorted out by police.
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Nah but I've roasted some kid before!!! Gave him 3rd degree burns, true story
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Mostly I was on the hiring end of things, so my rec's were for whether or not the person should join the company. Always prefer to deal with folks on that end of the line, personally. I have had to recommend that 2 people be fired from my teams over the years.. never fun to do.
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I've wanted to, but being new to management and all, I just let my boss do the talking/threatening. The nerve of some people is ridiculous. Be it not wanting to do task for no reason at all or just dropping out of work or stealing, its like it would literally be better for some people to not come to work at all.
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I've had to let go of a few people.
It's never an easy process because unlike 1stladyent, I tend to befriend those who I work with. I'm a strange director (upper management), from what I'm told by my peers. I usually jump right into the same work that I expect out of those who work underneath of me or on my team. I work to strive to make sure that I'm relevant not just to the company I work for, but to the people that work "for" me (more so, with). I've recently had to let go of all but one person (budget cuts, restructuring of various departments).

If they've done a great job, give them a positive reference. I mean it. It can mean the world to them in some cases (depending on the company you work for). As for the OP ...

You just need to sit down with them on a Skype/Discord/Slack (voice and/or video chat) and explain to them what you're expecting. Sometimes show examples (only to an individual that's done it, not to everyone as it's a bit of a nasty thing to do) and explain what you're currently expecting in that kind of role/position. If it's a volunteer position, you may just need to send out an e-mail/chat with an entire list of expectations (sans time - you can never demand time from someone who's volunteering lol).
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