- There are certain types of employees who shouldn’t be tolerated at any organization.
- Those types include whiners, antagonists, and chronically absent workers.
- You should never fire an employee on a whim — first consult human resources and get legal advice.
The first things you should do if you’re thinking about firing an employee are a) consult human resources and b) get legal advice. You never want to terminate someone’s employment on a whim, just because you’re angry or because they made one mistake.
That’s according to Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage.” We asked Kerr and Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” to tell us about the types of employees who shouldn’t be tolerated at any organization, and why.
Read on for the full list and see if you recognize any of these employee types on your team.
The employee who’s breached company policy
When an employee acts in a way that obviously violates written company policy, it’s time to let them go, Taylor said.
That behavior depends on what’s in your company policy, but likely includes sharing proprietary information, engaging in discriminatory practices, bullying, or sexual harassment.
The unreliable employee
This is the employee who consistently misses deadlines, and violates their manager’s trust, Kerr said.
The mutinous employee
If an employee overtly tries to subvert senior management by rallying other employees, Kerr said, that’s definitely grounds for dismissal.