Employee termination is almost always undesired for both the employer and the employee. Unlike what some may think, employers don’t fire anybody for “just because”; instead, they have fair and specific reasons behind their actions. Let’s have a look at three key factors responsible for employee terminations.

  1. Inability to perform: You can be terminated because of your inability to perform your job properly or when you’re unable to reach the desired standards after several chances were given. For instance:
    • You’re unable to cope with the work environment
    • You’re unable to keep up with the changes in your job


  1. Conduct: This is one of the most common reasons behind employee terminations. It normally indicates that you’ve broken the terms and conditions of your employment. For instance, the following would be just grounds for termination:
    1. Poor self- discipline
    2. Continuously missing work
    3. Misconduct such as dishonesty or theft


  1. Illness: If you’re sick for a long time or are continually missing office due to ill-health, then it’s normal for your employer to try to find out a possible alternative prior to your termination. For example, your employer may try to identify what is making you sick. Normally, every employer provides a permissible amount of time for recovery from illness. This time limit can depend on the following factors:
    1. Your recovery time
    2. Certainty of your recovery (for instance, if you have fractured bones, your employer can have an idea about the time it’ll take you to recover but if you’re suffering from mental trauma, then it becomes uncertain). This is where an absenteeism management program comes in handy. Contact Devin today at 403.952.0872 if you need assistance managing staff performance or attendance. We have a Termination 101 Toolbox and Attendance Management program to meet your needs.