The Do’s and Don’ts for Firing an Employee

It could be the case that after exhausting all the options, you may have to fire an employee. This is a decision that is not to be taken lightly, so make sure you have worked with the employee to try and improve their performance or addressed any behavior they have exhibited that is detrimental to the dental office. It could be the case that the employee is harming the morale of the staff, and in turn negatively affecting the culture you have taken the time and effort to build up, which then leaves you little option to fire the employee. If it reaches this stage, here are a few do’s and don’ts for firing an employee, according to dental jobs website Dent Reps.


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Don’t be indirect – It is important from the outset to tell the employee that they are being relieved of their services. If they leave the meeting believing that they are still a member of staff, then you’ve not done the job that you originally planned to do. Sure, it may be awkward, but you should think of the dental office as a whole. There is a difference between being direct and rude, so give the news in a way that comes across as fair.

Don’t apologize to the employee – Of course, it is only natural to feel empathetic to the employee, but the dental office comes first. Put personal relationships to one side.



Do ensure pay is processed – Before the employee completes their employment, you must ensure that the employee is paid what they are owed for the work they have completed.

Do communicate your thanks – If the employee has been a good servant to the dental office, it is important to communicate your thanks for your services. Wish them well from a personal perspective, and it is recommended that you offer a reference for their future employment, if they have earned it.

Do tell the rest of the workforce — We would recommend that you briefly call a staff meeting, and say that the employee in question has left the workplace. You don’t want any rumors or chat going around about their fate.

If you have an open position as a result of firing an employee and you need to advertise a vacant position, you may wish to advertise on the job board of Dent Reps –

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