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do you have to lay somebody off proper earlier than Christmas? — Ask a Supervisor

do you have to lay somebody off proper earlier than Christmas?

A reader writes:

I’ve a really part-time admin employee who has been with us for about six months. We’re a small firm with a good finances. Sadly, the previous couple of months have been tough and I have to make some cuts. I’ve been fighting getting this worker up-to-speed and it looks like she shouldn’t be match for the function. I’ve made the choice to let her go. Nevertheless, Christmas is in a number of weeks and I’m not positive if I ought to wait to let her go in January or let her go now.

Financially, preserving her by December shall be doable, however I’m questioning if it is perhaps higher for her to know that she goes to be let go and provides her an opportunity to search for a brand new job now. Her background is in retail, and it will most likely be fairly straightforward for her to choose up a seasonal part-time job in retail now. Plus, she may want to chop again on vacation spending if she knew she was going to be dropping the earnings from this job.

Ought to I let her go now within the hopes that she is going to be capable of soar into one other job for the seasonal rush? Or, wait till January and don’t spoil the vacations? I might additionally be capable of pay her a severance of two weeks pay if I let her go now. However may not if I wait to let her go. She does have one other job, so this isn’t her solely supply of earnings.

I reply this query — and three others — over at Inc. in the present day, the place I’m revisiting letters which have been buried within the archives right here from years in the past (and generally updating/increasing my solutions to them). You can learn it right here.

Different questions I’m answering there in the present day embody:

  • Is it impolite to reply a voicemail with an e-mail?
  • Ought to I be the one to ensure my workers is aware of when individuals shall be out?
  • Mixing formal worker awards with extra enjoyable ones

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