"New Supervisor Termination Issue"

I was just promoted to a supervising position, and weeks before my promotion, two people that are NOW under me, have been going through probation issues (ie: pending suspension or being fired). Now that these two employees report to me, and a final decision has not been made on whether they are going to be terminated or not, I was recently notified that I will be the one who has to fire them. The issue is that because of confidentiality, I CANNOT know why they are being terminated and/or suspended. I'm just the messenger.

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I do not know much about this particular situation, but in my opinion, this DOES NOT seem right. I'm curious to hear what other people think. Is there a person you can talk to about this? HR?

Posted anonymously on Aug 19, 2010 - 0 Votes - Flag this post

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This doesn't sound right to me either. What if they ask you questions during the termination meeting? If you're the one physically doing the firing you should also be able to tell the employees why or at the very least have someone in the room who can. If your management refuses to tell you the reasoning, I would definitely request to have an informed 3rd party present.

Posted anonymously on Aug 19, 2010 - 0 Votes - Flag this post

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This doesn't make sense. If you are now their manager, you need to know exactly what took place... even if only for training purposes. There is no confidentiality issue when you are their manager. If it was my company, I would tell you about it and use it as training for you, but I would have the other manager do the termination and if that person is no longer there than that person's manager (I guess your boss?) should do it. It's not fair to the soon-to-be terminated employees that someone who had no part in it and knows nothing about it would be the only person to talk to at their termination. Even if you WERE told the circumstances, your manager or their old manager should do the terminations with you because they know what went on and you don't. I'd raise this an issue...

Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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There are a lot of side issues associated with this, so I am going to figure out how I can get out of such a difficult situation. The terminations are pending and if acted on, will occur on Friday. I will relay any progress I make-the clock is ticking.

Posted anonymously on Aug 24, 2010 - 0 Votes - Flag this post

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