Might have to fire someone & feeling shitty about it. Shes late on deliverables repeatedly, awesome in other areas. She checks all of the minority boxes, feels like I’m turning my back on her. Advice?

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Mmm... I assume you've done this but since there is no mention of it, want to confirm first - you've talked to her, you've done a development plan, you've coached / trained, you've reallocated workload issues, you've clearly set tangible goals and deadlines and have communicated in no uncertain terms what the consequences would be and she's failed on all of these?


You can't save those who don't want to be saved but perhaps you can genuinely express what you have on here to her and show that you care. I don't know if there are external factors to her situation beyond work but there is only so much you can take on in terms of others' burden. I'd have a heart to heart, no bars hold conversation with her and go raw / cut the bs.


If she’s awesome in other areas, is she maybe better suited for a different role? Maybe you can re-home her vs letting her go?


This is helpful. Will explore this option.


Curious as to how explicit you’ve been about the one thing holding her back. Have you actually said
“ XX name, you’re consistently late with your deliverables. The impact of this is XX so I need to ask you to change this for the benefit of the whole project. I will work with you on some tactics of how to manage your time better, as you’re great overall. however I have to point out that if the late delivery doesn’t improve, we’re going to have to consider this a warning.”




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