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10 THINGS YOU MUST DO BEFORE FIRING AN EMPLOYEE By Trudi Charest, RO Making the decision to terminate an employee is never easy. In fact, business owners often say this is one of the toughest tasks they have performed even if the situation warrants it. You have invested time in recruiting, hiring and training this individual, but you know it is not working out. They could be having issues with absenteeism or tardiness. They might be negative and spreading that to your other employees and customers. Whatever the reason, you need to decide your next move. The behaviors you see now are more than likely what you will continue to see, as current behavior often predicts future behavior. To protect yourself and your business, it is important you follow these steps before firing an employee. 32 OPTICAL PRISM | March 2019