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When Is It Time to Fire an Employee?

Use these three tests to decide if it's time to terminate a staffer.

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This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: My company is small, and every team member seems necessary. How do I know if I need to fire one? --Ben P., Florida

Federico Gastaldi

Nothing is worse than having to fire an employee. But for business owners, there is nothing more important than removing employees that are disruptive to your mission. This is a lesson I’ve learned over and over again. When I’ve leaned on kindness and given people the benefit of the doubt, it’s often led to a greater investment of time and resources spent on employees who, ultimately, were just not worth it. 

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