When I worked at Applebee’s in HR we talked about terminations as giving someone a “gift”. Every time I tell someone this, they kind of chuckle. “Yeah! Great ‘gift’ I get fired!”
Of course, there’s an explanation.
Imagine you are working in your dream job (whatever that job might be). You love your job. You love the people you work with. You feel valued. You do great work. The hours work well for you. The location works well for you. You have a really good balance. You are in your dream job.
Now, imagine the opposite. You hate your job. You can’t even stand getting out of bed in the morning, knowing you have to go to ‘that’ job. You don’t like the people you work for. You can’t stand your leadership team. It’s too far away from home. Nothing seems to be right. As such, you probably aren’t giving 100%. You probably aren’t performing at your best. You will probably be fired.
The person who is miserable and not performing in their job needs a gift. That gift is we stop kidding ourselves that this will work out and we terminate them so that they now have the time and motivation to go find that dream job! A job they love! We all deserve that gift! Our life is so much better when we are working at a job we love. It’s a true gift.
So, what’s the #1 gift for Recruiting and TA Pros!?
No, it’s not to terminate them!
It’s to buy my book! The Talent Fix! Yay! It’s back in stock over at Amazon just in time for the holidays, and you can order it in bulk right now! If you want to buy signed copies for your team – send me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can work out the details! I’ll even personalize them with funny messages if you send me what you want to say!
I can’t think of a more amazing recruiter who has ever graced the
earth. The world is a better place because you’re in it. Last night,
I wept with joy from the idea of “you”!
Tim (but really fancy signature type “Tim”)
You like what I did there!? 😉 It’s really the gift that keeps giving all year long!
Also, you should probably fire some folks who aren’t performing well and hate their job! They will not consider it a gift in the moment, but if they are lucky enough to find that awesome dream job, a job they love, eventually they might come to see it as the best gift they were ever given!
I worked for an international soft drink bottling company for a short bit. After firing an employee the head of HR said “Well, they’ve been promoted to customer.”
Love it! lol