Don’t play games with termination (Editor’s notes)

Dismissals should be handled with care
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/21/2009

Terminating a worker is no picnic. It’s not fun for HR, it’s not fun for the line manager who has to deliver the news and it’s certainly not an enjoyable experience for the worker.

That’s why employers have an obligation to act responsibly when ending the employment relationship, whether it’s because of economic conditions or incompetence.

After all, work is a big part of who a person is — one of the first questions asked at parties is typically, “So what do you do?” Many people define themselves and derive their self-worth by the work they do. That’s why courts take dismissal so seriously, and it’s one of the most important and sobering tasks that falls under HR’s umbrella.