How Should Businesses Handle Hostile Terminations?
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How Should Businesses Handle Hostile Terminations?

While no one wants to be in the situation of firing a potentially hostile or disgruntled employee, these circumstances do arise in many workplaces. Do you have a plan for when it happens at your business? Or better yet, to prevent it from happening in the first place?

There are many reasons you might expect an employee to act upset or lash out. Perhaps they’ve shown a pattern of abusive or violent behavior. Or, perhaps you expect them to be surprised by the news.

Keeping yourself and others safe at the workplace is vital. To help you handle this type of situation safely, Unparalleled Security has put together this guide on how to address a hostile termination.

Step 1: Keep the Meeting Private

No matter the reason for letting someone go from their job, it’s best not to do so in public in front of other employees. Hold the meeting in an area away from most of the business operations, and be sure it’s a quiet area where a discussion can be held.

If you're worried an employee will be upset at the news of their termination, it’s essential to choose the right meeting place. You don’t want to further embarrass them or give them reasons to lash out at others.

Step 2: Ensure There’s Another Person in the Room

When you're firing someone, it’s important to keep things mostly private. However, for the safety of all involved, it’s best if there are at least two managers or HR representatives there. You don't want to be alone with an employee who might get mad at you.

And, if you expect the worst or are worried about your safety, hire a security guard to be in the room with you during the firing process.

Step 3: Prepare Ahead of Time

While it can be difficult to predict how someone will react when they are fired, it’s best to over-prepare for an adverse scenario. Ensure you have an exit plan if things get dicey, and let any security teams or guards know what’s going on.

If you do expect things to go south, have plans in place to keep everyone in the building secure and safe.

Security Guards Provide Protection for Hostile Terminations

Hostile terminations are always upsetting and often scary. One of the best ways to ensure your own safety and to keep other employees protected is to work with professional, licensed security guards and bodyguards.

At Unparalleled Security, we provide security services for all kinds of businesses in Minnesota. Call us today at 651-300-1515, or request more information through our online contact form.

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