I have an employee who has been with the company for three years whose performance has dipped markedly over the last year. They have become a liability and their behaviour is disruptive. Should I go ahead and sack them?

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I have an employee who has been with the company for three years whose performance has dipped markedly over the last year. They have become a liability and their behaviour is disruptive. Should I go ahead and sack them?

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No. Do not sack the employee “out of the blue” whatever their shortcomings, because you must follow a fair procedure. This can be time consuming and frustrating for a manager who wishes to get rid of the “dead wood” in the staff and move on to more productive issues. If you want to avoid a successful (and thus, very annoying and potentially expensive) claim of unfair dismissal against you in the tribunal, patience is essential.

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