HR Glossary
Dismissing an employee

Dismissing an employee

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Dismissing an employee?

Dismissing an employee is the act of formally ending an employee’s employment. It typically takes place following a formal meeting, during which an employee is told that they are being fired.

What Is An Employee Termination Meeting?

An employee termination meeting, typically done by an employee’s manager, is a brief meeting that states why an employee is being let go and some of the processes that need to be taken from there.

How Long Should A Termination Meeting Last?

The average employee termination meeting should last no longer than 10-15 minutes. Of course, a manager should take the time to hear out an employee and answer any reasonable questions they may have. But, when it comes to dismissing an employee, this meeting should remain direct and to the point.

Should You Have A Dismissal Meeting?

Even if it feels unpleasant, dismissing an employee needs to have an official termination meeting. This is not only a matter of course but as a way to preserve your employer's brand. After all, even employees who are underperforming are better off leaving the organization with a good view of how the company handled things.

When you host an effective termination interview, one that shows appreciation as well as empathy, you minimize frustration among your departing employee and counteract negative consequences.

If an employer is required to fire an employee, the process is known as a dismissal for cause. Employers can remove an employee for bad behavior or for violating a company policy. For example, an employer may have a policy that states that employees must wear company uniforms to work, and employees who refuse to wear

In some cases, it may be due to disruptive behavior or poor performance. In other cases, it may be due to a conflict of interest or a change in company policy. Whatever the reason, dismissal is often a difficult decision for employers to make. However, it is sometimes necessary in order to maintain a productive and positive work environment.