You never know how an employee will take the news that you are letting him or her go.
It is important that you have a plan in place should one or more former workers decide to cause trouble after let go. Though you see on the news cases of workers striking back, they are more times than not the minority of cases.
In letting someone go, it is always important to keep in mind how your decision will impact them on some fronts.
- Financial considerations
- Feeling of worth
- Potential for physical and mental health issues
- Being able to care for loved ones
When the time comes for you to let someone go, be sure you have an idea in mind of what type of reaction you are likely to get.
When Former Workers Don’t Go Away
Given that some former employees will not be gone and done with, are you ready to deal with conflict?
For instance, what if a former worker contacts your office again and again? Some reasons for reaching out to your company are legitimate. Among them; making sure health coverage (COBRA) is available and any unpaid work is not missed.
Constant calls for reasons not related to immediate needs can become tiresome. They can also reach a level of concerns, especially if any threats go through.
By identifying the calls’ origins, you can know if you have a problem on your hands. Some former workers will use a different phone to contact your office. This is especially the case if they want to call and harass you.
Setting foot on company property
If you end up having a former worker pay your office a visit, a visit you deem unnecessary, what options do you have?
In most cases, the individual will get notice not to come back or have any interaction with employees. That second part can prove tricky, especially if they are still friends with one or more workers.
As a former worker may try and disguise calls to you by using a different phone, they may do the same with a vehicle.
An example of this would be if you banned them from setting foot on your company’s property.
To still be a nuisance, they may use another vehicle to drive to and away from your business. One option is using a rental car. Although this may sound extreme, don’t rule it out.
If you suspect this to be the case, this is why a license plate search can prove to be beneficial.
Jot down the license plate of any unknown vehicles you believe to be hanging out on company property. Although it may be something removed from the situation you’re having with a former worker, play it safe.
While you hope any dismissals you make go as smooth, be ready for when they do not.
By having a plan in place, you are less likely to have serious consequences be the last act of that individual.