9 steps a leader should take before (and after) deciding to let someone go

Jun 13, 2023

It’s never an easy decision to let an employee go, and good leaders put in a lot of thought before doing so. Still, when a final decision is made to part ways with an employee, a leader can feel more confident that they’re doing the right thing if they’re sure they’ve first done everything possible to salvage the relationship.

From ensuring all new employees get off to the best start possible to having honest conversations when things go awry, a leader can help struggling team members find their place within the organization or, when necessary, part ways on good terms. Below, nine members of Business Journals Leadership Trust share essential steps leaders should take before (and after) making the final decision to let someone go.

1. Help all new employees establish a strong foundation.

Adopt the best practice of giving employees the tools they need to be successful. Start by helping employees identify what they believe they need to achieve in their roles at the beginning of their tenures. Revisit these goals frequently, in a structured manner. When you’ve armed someone with what they need to succeed and it still doesn’t work out, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve made the right, even if tough, decision to part ways.

Mark D’Agostino, ConnectedHR


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