Pushing workers out the door costly tactic (Guest Commentary)

Working with struggling employee, rather than knee-jerk termination, often pays off
By Rick Filsinger
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/23/2012

Recently, a colleague asked my opinion on the difference between a good organization and a bad organization. We could have discussed the issue for days but we kept coming back to the treatment of staff.

There was a particular part of this conversation, relating to performance improvement plans, I would like to share because it’s too often forgotten. There is a lot of focus these days on generating shareholder value through reducing workforces and maximizing profits through higher sales. But what is left out of the equation is the huge investment that walks out the door when employees are terminated.

Employers spend thousands of dollars to recruit and train workers. Yet, when it comes time to end the employment relationship, too many firms waste that investment by not adequately addressing performance issues.