I’m a new supervisor and am worried about what will happen when I need to fire someone. If they won’t admit that they broke company rules, how is it possible to fire them?
You fire them by framing them with fake evidence. How could you become a supervisor without knowing that?
Congratulations. You get my first slap since my comeback.
— Evil Skippy
If you don’t have the savoir-faire to pull off Evil Skippy’s advice, which is what one calls “illegal” and “ill advised in real life” anyway, you’ll just have to do your supervisory super-stuff in the good old fashioned way. That means you need to document whatever happened so that you would be able to convince a disinterested third party (such as a potential juror perhaps) that the employee broke the company rules and the company followed its own rules when putting the termination into effect. This is a hypothetical exercise – there is no actual disinterested third party. If the employee admits the violation, that’s nice. It’s just not required.
You probably have a human resources manager or another manager who will consult with you. Talk to them as soon as you know you have a discipline problem — do your job, but keep the manager informed. He or she should guide you through the process, especially regarding any special quirks at your particular organization.
For what it’s worth, I would not have slapped you on this one. It was Evil Skippy’s decision this time. I think it is great that you are being proactive. It’s also great that you now know you don’t need an admission — and didn’t have to learn this information the hard way when an actual termination was on the horizon. ES just had an itchy slap reflex after so much time away.
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