How to Break Up with Employees



How to Break Up with Employees

Originally Published
November 1, 2011
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To Kim N.: I’m sorry you were dismissed with anger and haste.  To David S.:  I wish I’d told you that even though you worked with us just 89 days, I don’t regret that we gave it a try.  To Sam C.: I apologize for sending a signal that we didn’t value every minute you were employed by us.  To David W.:  I wish we’d thrown you a going-away party after you resigned, given all that you contributed to our business.  To countless others: I was a coward for having someone else deliver the news of your termination, and I wish I’d met with you directly before we parted ways.

After employing–and saying farewell to—hundreds of people over the past two decades, my list of apologies could go on forever.  But one thing is certain:  I never want to add anyone to this list again.  And if you’re in any type of leadership position, you should keep your apology list short, too.

For most of my life as an entrepreneur I got angry when employees resigned...

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