All employers will be faced at some point with ending an unsuccessful employment relationship. California is an “at-will” state, so an employer may terminate an employee for any reason except an illegal one (for example, because of an employee’s race or gender). Sound simple? Not so fast.
Every once in a while, even great communicators need to assess their communication practices. In today’s legal minefield, the last thing any professional wants to do is compromise business ethics, jeopardize confidentiality, or create a legal challenge based on poor business communication. Let’s begin with a scenario to set the stage:
Handling Problem Employees
Several managers have relayed stories to us about their employees’ lack of commitment and support for teamwork. Sometimes the employees are relatively new to the organization. More often than not, the employees they are describing have been with the organization or the department for a long time. Either way, when employees do not display behaviors that promote teamwork, there is a problem and the manager needs to address the issue.