At what point do you fire an employee for the good of the company? A difficult question to answer, this week Htet Tayza lends a helping hand, with these top five signs you should fire an employee.

The Cost of Firing an Employee

Sometimes you have no choice but to fire an employee. Of course, you don’t want to, however if you are saddled with an unproductive or even obstructive employee, it damages your bottom line. Often, the only way to prevent this damage is to get rid of them and hire somebody who can contribute to your company’s productivity to the best of their ability.

But it’s a delicate balancing act. Firing an employee means you lose money. You lose the money you’ve invested into training them, any severance pay etc. You also have to fork out for the cost of advertising and interviewing for their replacement, as well as training up said replacement to the point where they can contribute to the best of their ability, and provide dividends on your investment.

Htet Tayza’s Top Five

That’s why you can’t fire an employee the moment you suspect they may be a detriment to your company. You need to wait, and look for one of more of these five signs:

1)      Lack of Motivation: If an employee loses their motivation, ok, if it’s for one day, they may just be having a bad day. Much longer and it indicates they no longer care about the job or the company, meaning their productivity will suffer in the long run.


2)      Extended Time Wasting: Everybody somewhat time wastes at work, it’s natural.  However, there’s a difference between quickly checking your Facebook and wasting time to such an extent, you don’t get the work done. If this sustains itself, again, it suggests a long term problem of a lack of motivation, and maybe even ability to carry out job description.


3)      They Cause Tension: It’s hard to tell whether an employee will fit in at the interview stage, so once they’re in the office environment full time, you might soon see that they cause friction among the rest of the team. If this persists, ditch them immediately, as friction leads to mistakes, which are detrimental to your profit margins.


4)      They Cause Embarrassment: Your image matters, and sometimes it really is a case of damage control. If they’ve caused damage to your company’s reputation, it suggests a recklessness and a lack of disregard for your firm, which could manifest itself in other ways, further driving down profitability.


They Show a Resistance to Change: Companies change, they have to in order to survive. If an employee becomes less productive as a result of that change, it suggests they can’t handle it, which could damage your bottom line further along the road, as you evolve to embrace diversifying markets.


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About Htet Tay Za

My name is Htet Tay Za and I’m a young banking professional from Myanmar. I was born in Yangon, Myanmar twenty-four years ago. I have a keen interest in business, cuisine, lifestyle and philanthropy.