How do you fire a guy?

Submitted by macdaddy on January 4th, 2011 at 3:54 PM
I'm serious. How does this go down? I'm not in a job where I've ever had to fire someone nor have I ever been fired. How does the conversation go when they both know what's coming? Are there attorneys present? Is RR "escorted from his office" by security? Are all of his U of M privileges revoked? Is he given a severance check on the spot? Fill me in MGoExecutives.

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The_Doctor

January 4th, 2011 at 4:56 PM ^

or easy, even if both know it's coming. The way I've had to do it usually involves having HR sit in while I tell them the company has decided to go in a different direction and today is their last day. Unless it is for gross cause (like assault or something illegal) usually avoi discussing reasons - just we've decided, thanks for your service. Depending on the employee, you either escort them to their desk then out, or trust them to do it promptly and quietly. Usually during the meeting, IT/security ate deactivating all of their access, etc. and HR goes over the separation policy and any severance, vacation remaining, etc.
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<br>The HR rep has to be there so the employee can't claim you were unfair (witness) - especially if the employee is opposite gender.
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<br>In this case, 3 hours in, I'm sure it was deeper - you're out, here's why, and then maybe even DB offering to help as he moves on. Perhaps picking RRs brain on the entire staff - RRs evaluation of each coach as in any annual review process, since DB will want the info for the new guy to consider regarding retention.
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<br>Woul love to be a fly on the wall, but not only would that be illegal, but would make all these threads obsolete with my steady stream of tweets about the inside scoop. Would hate to deprive the MGoBloggers of the CC speculation circus!

Happyshooter

January 5th, 2011 at 8:33 PM ^

Easy. "Rich, you hired into the winningest program in sports history and lost like a bitch for three years in a row. I have to end your tenure. Goodbye." 

decadoug

January 6th, 2011 at 2:27 AM ^

let them sit and refuse to discuss it for a month so that their buyout drops to $2.5 mil instead of $4 mil, then fire them like you already decided to. Thus you've saved $1.5 mil to use on the lawyers when he files a lawsuit against you for doing that. I hope that's not what happened, but perception is reality in many cases.