The nine-point guide to 'de-hiring'

The economic downturn has seen an unwelcome return of sackings and redundancies on a level not seen since the dotcom boom went bust. Hugh Joslin of recruitment consultancy Media Contacts offers advice on how to deal with such tricky situations.

Having worked through a sustained period of growth, many managers who have never had to fire people before make a hash of it. From experience as a recruiter through recessions since the 1970s, here are some tips that should help any company that finds itself in the awkward situation of having to make redundancies.

Be prepared

Before the exit interview prepare yourself well by making a check list of points to discuss with the employee. You must also thoroughly examine the content of their contract ensuring you are aware of legal situations that may arise. Be aware of the difference between redundancy and sacking. In the latter case ensure that the correct disciplinary procedures have been conducted. It is good business practice to give one verbal warning and two written warnings before terminating employment.

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