Try to keep people on. Do what you can to find an alternative role, even if redundancy may seem a convenient way of chopping out dead wood. In this sketch from Big Train, a cake-maker gets a stern dressing-down for his continual smart-alec comments (even if he's technically stating the obvious). But he gets a second chance, and in his next post he has clearly learned his lesson.
Don't back down. In this scene from Jam, a homeowner has reached the end of his tether with his cleaner's ridiculous working methods, and is trying to change them to something that would actually justify paying her. Thanks to a lack of backbone, he ends up with a far bigger problem than he started with.
Be tactful. Whatever happens, don't sink as far as reality TV. Fox has developed a show where employees at a small business compete to avoid the axe. The Onion takes it one step further, with Autowarriors, which pits two Ford plants against each other to see which produces the most Ford Focuses. The winning team gets to keep their jobs - and pension and health benefits too.
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