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I have to fire my friend!


Q - One of my best friends works in my team, but I've just been told I have to let them go. How can I deal with this?

A - This is difficult situation, with no easy answer.  First of all you need to treat your friend as you would any other employee.  The first question is do you agree with the decision from above, and if not have you challenged it?  If you agree then you will know the reasoning, and be able to explain that openly to your friend.  If not then you need to establish those reasons before you speak to them.  Then be honest, professional and empathetic in how you deliver the message.  Explain this has nothing to do with your friendship and that you will support them through and after this process, as a manager and a friend.