It hadn’t been my best day at work. I terminated an employee that day. And yes, it was harder on the team member than it was on me. But there is a price to be paid even when you know that you are making the right decision. I usually struggle with not knowing how the event will go, and how we are able to get the person into the room with me and HR to have the unfortunate discussion.
It almost is always goes better than I’ve imagined it. The first one – I remember his name, but I certainly won’t be putting it here – was the most pathetic ever. I could barely speak and he was ecstatic to be finally out of there. And others have been painful, difficult, heartrending and sad, but never do I regret my action. Because by the time I am at this point, I know I’ve done everything I can to bring the team member into being a strong and valued team member.
But I don’t enjoy it and I feel it. I carry it with me for a while.
So by the time I made it to the White Spot to have dinner with my aunt, I was ready for something more than the Healthy Living Asian Chicken Salad I had planned on. I wanted substance. Grease. Fat. Spice. Not Soy beans and low calories.
November 6th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Peanut Butter, Jalapeno Peppers and Bacon Burgers DO make an excellent post firing meal.