Working Conversations Episode 108:

Why Coaching an Employee Out is Better than Quiet Firing

Are you familiar with the term "quiet firing"?

It's the practice of making an employee's job so unpleasant and unbearable that they eventually quit, rather than outright firing them. But here's the thing: it's not only unethical, it's also counterproductive.

Some managers may be unknowingly engaging in quiet firing and the importance of addressing the issue before it becomes a more significant problem. Hence, there is danger of this practice, including the potential for creating a toxic work environment, damaging employee morale, and negatively impacting the company's reputation.

In this episode, I explore the topic of quiet firing -- what it is and how it manifests, how some managers might be doing it unintentionally, and what to do instead.  

I share four types of quiet firing, from the negligent, inexperienced manager on one end of the spectrum to managers who have a dark and insidious side at the opposite end of the spectrum. The four manager types are:

  1.     Uninformed Negligent Manager
  2.     Conflict Avoidant Manager
  3.     Cost Conscious Manager
  4.     Manager from the Dark Side

I also share why coaching out an employee is a better solution. This involves working with the employee to identify their weaknesses and areas for improvement, providing guidance and support to help them develop their skills and ultimately become a better fit for the organization.

By taking a coaching approach, companies can avoid the negative consequences of quiet firing and create a more positive, productive work environment.

Whether you're a manager dealing with employee performance issues or an employee feeling the impact of a toxic work environment, this episode offers valuable advice on how to navigate these challenges with integrity and respect.

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