SELECTING AMONG EMPLOYEES IN A RIF/DOWNSIZING
Let’s consider the subject of “graceful exits”, and how “graceful” is all in the eyes of the beholder.
Keith is a senior manager, who was recently advised that he needs to reduce his staff by three full-time employees before year end. Keith has selected the two lowest performers on his team (a man and a woman), as well as Alix. While Alix was rated a year-on-year average performer, Keith says there are some issues with her performance that have not been documented. Keith comments that Alix seems unhappy and does not get along well with her colleagues. Last month Alix had complained to HR about one of her coworkers. Keith views the severance package as a “graceful exit” for Alix.
Should Keith move forward with these terminations?