Discipline & Termination

When a key employee leaves

February 1, 2005
When you work in an enterprise to which every position and every person is vital, the loss of any employee interferes with the workflow. It’s important to close the gap as quickly as you can with minimum disruption.

A termination primer for managers

June 1, 2004
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done as a manager? Whether you’re a novice team leader or the CEO, odds are the answer is “Letting someone go.” Here’s some practical advice to guide you when termination seems the only solution to a performance problem:

Manager’s Checkup: Are you too quick to discipline?

January 1, 2004
Changing an employee’s problem behavior is always a challenge, but it’s almost impossible if we resort to disciplinary action before understanding the problem. Take this quiz and find out how quickly you turn to discipline — and if that’s too quickly.

He broke a rule? What to say

August 1, 2003
No one likes to discipline team members, but eventually you’ll face a gut-wrenching moment when you have to enforce the organization’s rules.

Debunked: 3 myths about workplace bullies

November 1, 2001
Much of what you think you know about office bullies may be wrong. For example, there’s a common belief that bullies are insecure and lack self-esteem. In fact, they’re often popular and have an inflated sense of self. Here are some other myths about bullies.