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Terminations

When and Why Offer Severance Pay?

September 12, 2017

According to HRA-NCA, more than 50% of employers offer severance to all levels of employees (except for gross misconduct).  As HR consultants, we commonly see severance offered for the following reasons: RIF (Reduction in Force): The most common reason for severance is when an employee is laid-off due to...

How to Find the Best HR Leader for Your Business

May 15, 2017

It’s Friday afternoon and your Director of HR just gave their resignation. As hard as it probably is to hear the news, I’m writing this to tell you, please don’t worry. You don’t need to stress about taking on HR on your own or loading more onto your existing...

The Best Strategies to Ensure Successful Offboarding

February 8, 2016

With the all of the news around Yahoo’s massive layoffs and the wrongful termination lawsuit they are facing, it had me thinking about terminations. While I’m going to assume you are probably not in the same position as Marissa Mayer, you probably have had a few employees leave your company in the past. Sometimes...

When to Let Go: A Review of the 4 Main Reasons for Employee Terminations

December 29, 2015

At some point or another while running your business, you unfortunately will likely need to let someone go, also referred to as a separation or termination of employment.  Typically, businesses run into these reasons because either they are cutting costs or have someone performing poorly at their job. Majority of states across the nation,...

How to Avoid Problems When Transitioning to a New Opportunity

November 5, 2015

As a recruiter, I’m often talking with candidates about potential new job opportunities on behalf of my clients. I understand that looking for a new job can be very stressful. There are always so many unanswered questions while going through the process. For job seekers who are currently unemployed, you...

The Hidden Costs You’re Paying with Employee Turnover

October 6, 2015

The Cost of Turnover Adds Up Fast! When calculating the cost of employee turnover, most companies do their due diligence by calculating all the tangible costs together, such as: Exit costs- HR, client, managerial time; Absence Costs- loss of work coverage, productivity disruption; Recruitment Costs- advertisement, recruitment, interviews; and...

The Best Way to Treat Your Employees When a Government Contract Ends

August 25, 2015

In the DC Metro area, it’s no secret that we have a multitude of Government Contracting firms.  Over the past few years in particular, we have all felt the industry contract from $550 billion to $450 billion. While some may argue this contraction is temporary, we may still have...

5 Best Practices for Communicating a Separation

July 14, 2015

As HR professionals, one of the hardest parts of the job is communicating to an employee the decision to separate them from employment.  Whether it be a performance related termination, or a financially related layoff; it is never an easy task. I find layoffs particularly difficult when it has...

Hiring an Interim HR Consultant vs. Hiring a Temp Agency

October 28, 2014

Let’s say that your HR Director resigns unexpectedly.  Or he or she goes on an unplanned leave of absence.  What do you do? These situations can be vexing, particularly when there’s no time to plan and all of a sudden, someone must step into the role.  One strategy that...

Problems with Morale after a RIF?

October 13, 2014

As an HR professional or a senior member of an organization that has conducted a reduction in force (RIF), you are well aware that it is a lengthy, meticulous, and difficult process.  So much time and energy is focused on ensuring due diligence, determining what positions may be affected,...

Do You Know Why Your Employees Are Leaving?

May 8, 2014

Push Vs. Pull: Why Your Employees Are Leaving? There are many reasons that employees leave an organization, and it is important to understand, track, and analyze those reasons. In order to retain and engage employees, your organization should make an effort to understand if employees are being pushed or...

Best Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

May 5, 2014

The job market is slowly but surely recovering from the 2007-2009 recession. As hiring increases across the United States, more and more people are leaving their jobs voluntarily. In fact, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, since the recession, the number of voluntary separations has increased by...

Best Ways to Handle a Job Loss

April 11, 2014

It happens. It has happened to many people. It happened to me. During the height of the recent recession, my role was eliminated and I found myself departing from the company where I had spent 13 years. Without question, this is one of the most stressful...

Have a Poor Performer Problem? Considerations for Terminating an Employee

December 13, 2013

As you manage an employee through the progressive discipline process, your ultimate goal is focused around offering the employee as many opportunities as possible to improve performance in order for him or her to have a successful career at your organization. Performance feedback conversations, written warnings, and performance...

Avoiding Problems during an Employee Termination Meeting

December 6, 2013

Whether you are preparing to conduct your first or one hundredth separation meeting, I am sure you are feeling very uneasy. I assure you that feeling is very normal and I am sorry to say that letting someone know that they no longer have a job never gets...