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Close up of business people shaking handsDear Madeleine,

Is it wrong to let someone go if they just aren’t performing?  I have an employee that I originally hired because he seemed to have real promise.

I like him a lot as a person, but he never quite “gets it right.” I have given him plenty of chances to improve, but his performance is not where it needs to be. I’m ready to move in a new direction. —Time for a Change

Dear Time for a Change,

If you feel confident that you really have provided this person with explicit instructions and plenty of chances to get it right, it doesn’t make sense to retain an employee who is probably in the wrong job.

If you are at all unsure, you can check yourself in a couple of areas.  You don’t want to fire someone because of a lack of direction or support on your part.  Many…

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