Lessons in forced exits, from YouTube

Firing and being fired, courtesy of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld and The Office.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Like Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, we all have our prejudices. But they need to stay out of the workplace. If you have to fire someone, make sure there is a valid reason for it. You don’t need an industrial tribunal on your hands because you didn’t like the cut of someone’s gib - or in the case of the chef Larry’s just hired – his hair, or lack of it.

A graceful exit is always preferable to a war of attrition. Reading the signals will help you to identify if your time is nigh. Here, the company employing Seinfeld’s George Costanza fails to persuade him to resign, and a battle of wills ensues. He needs to be thinking about his references.

Accept it when it’s over. As The Office’s David Brent discovers, taking the bad news well can be difficult. Walk out with your head held high - don’t lose your dignity as well as your job. And choose your business ‘philosophers’ carefully.


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