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Management can be tough sometimes and nothing is more difficult than having to lay off your trusted employees.

It is important that you develop the skills to participate in severance negotiations before you have to have the conversation in real life. Before you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, here are some of the things you should know about preparing for these critical negotiations.

Don’t make it personal.

The first and most important lesson is to make sure that you don’t make the discussion personal. You should never talk about them as a person but keep the conversation about their job and the company. As soon as you start to attack their character the conversation will go downhill quickly. Keep everything professional and non-emotional.

Don’t get defensive.

By the same token, you need to be sure you can remain objective and not get defensive in response to them. The employee may not feel the need to keep the conversation professional but when they do make the attack personal you can’t take the bait. Maintain your composure and, if the attacks get too out of control, tell them you are ending the conversation.

Answer questions.

Some of your employees will have more questions than concerns about their termination. They may be confused. If the situation is performance based give them as much information as you can. If it is a budgetary concern, let them know. They will have a lot of questions about what is happening so be prepared to answer them and provide as much information as you’re able to help them process what is happening.

Give them time.

Lastly, some employees feel as though they are bullied to sign severance paperwork on the spot. Don’t make them feel this way. Give them a day to look it over, talk to their spouse or family, and decide how they want to handle the process moving forward. Give them time, but don’t give them infinite time. Let them know when you need their answer and follow up if you don’t receive it.

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