- Do meet in person, with two people present.
- Have all paperwork & severance arrangements available
- Have someone else cut off credit card/e-mail/dropbox/other login access at the start of the meeting.
- Start the conversation by saying, "This is going to be a difficult conversation"
- Keep it short. Own your words.
- Plan a meeting before the workday begins. Minimize public exposure if necessary.
- Allow employees to leave personal items. Come in with them over the weekend to clear out their space.
- Make sure you allow time for questions related to references, exit coaching, unemployement, etc.
- Offer exit coaching as a benefit.
- Do it over e-mail or on the phone
- Plan a meeting in advance for the rest of the in advance. They will catch on and begin speculating.
- Allow questions related to performance.
- Don't justify lacking performance with detailed examples.
- Don't create ambiguity over the rationale. Be clear and candid.