How Do I Fire My VA?

“You’re fired” –These are the words you wouldn’t want to hear from your boss or even the words you wouldn’t want to say to someone (as a boss) during the course of his/her employment career. According to Wikipedia, it is an informal exclamation commonly associated with an employer informing the employee of his or her dismissal, an involuntary termination of employment for a reason and or reasons often perceived to be the fault of the employee.

The main question is: how to deliver the information and make the situation acceptable in a prudent way for both parties? As an employer, that’s a tough decision. However the consideration will always be in the best interest of the company. The firing is quite a challenge but this promotes good business sense between the two.

Be professional

Don’t put your personal agony in delivering the points why he/she can no longer continue, be direct. Author Jodi Glickman said, “When the bad outweighs the good and when the employee is causing more problems than he or she is solving, it’s time for that employee to go”. Hard thing to do but it would be beneficial to the person and your team moving forward.

Be clear as water

Go somewhere or talk in private and start with the bad news. Provide facts and be transparent enough to tell him/her why the company is taking necessary actions as a result of his/her actions. Be honest why he/she is no longer effective as a VA despite of the many chances.

Be compassionate

You are expected to raise points of what strengths he/she has. Offer to be helpful. If you genuinely believe the person is confident enough and is really great on a certain thing he/she can do that and be useful elsewhere, tell her that you’re willing to provide a reference or tell where he/she can be best at.

After someone gets fired, talk to your team and gather the colleagues affected by the termination to address the matter. The message should be direct and straightforward.

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