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If the worker agrees to a severance package, and one should always be
given, have the worker sign a waiver agreeing not to sue over their
termination. As Erickson notes, “This may be a necessary evil if the
termination is expected to be controversial or combative in nature”
(2005, p. 9) as it almost always is in the public sector.
Don't try to sugar coat the reasons for the termination but be profes-
sional at all times.
Thank them for their efforts and mean it.
Take care of administrative duties like collecting keys and company
property, and hand the employee his or her final check.
A Dialogue of a Termination for Cause Meeting
Supervisor (S): Jason, because of ongoing problems with your job perfor-
mance and the agency's policy regarding unacceptable work, I must
inform you that the agency is terminating you effective immediately. As
our policy manual and your letter of termination note, you will have
2 weeks separation benefits and salary.
Jason (J): I don't understand this at all. I haven't done anything to
deserve to be fired.
S: From our point of view, you have, Jason, and I'd encourage you to
read your performance reviews.
J: But they didn't say anything about being fired.
S: I'm afraid they did, Jason, and perhaps you might want to read
them closely to see the reasons why.
J: How can you do this to me, Sam? You know I've been going
through hell in my marriage.
S: Yes, but this is about the work, Jason, and your performance
reviews have spelled out the serious concerns we've had.
J: Like what?
S: I'd encourage you to read the periodic reviews over again, Jason,
and the termination document I'm giving you now and which I'm
also sending by certified mail to your home.
J: This is really crappy of you, Sam. You're a therapist for God's sake;
I'd think you'd be more caring.
S: I can understand why you would feel that way but our decision is
J: Is this about me mouthing off to the secretary?
S: It's quite a bit more than that, Jason. By reading the many evalua-
tion reviews noting problems on the job and your termination notice,
I think you'll have enough information to understand the agency's
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