We’re continuing our series with guest writer, Paul Downs, author of the book Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business.
The most distressing duty I have, as a business owner, is firing people. I’ve had to do it for a variety of reasons: sometimes the employee’s fault, sometimes mine. It’s always difficult for everyone involved. When I sat down to write about it in 2012, I decided to explain the mechanics of my process. I had tried to write a broader post about what it feels like to fire someone, but couldn’t make it work in the blog format – the stories are too personal. In my book, Boss Life, I describe two discharges in some detail. The book format works better–I can take the time to describe the complex events involved, and show how the act of firing affected my ability to do my duties as a boss.
But that’s the book, which I hope you read. Here’s more immediate gratification. It’s another two-parter, as the first post elicited a large number of comments.