Benefits of Letting Team Members Go

Diane Prince
3 min readJun 16, 2021

And how your company will be better for it

Companies are a lot like relationships. Often it’s a turbulent experience while other moments are blissful. The constant ups and downs will result in difficult decisions, like letting someone go (link to How to Know it’s Time to Fire a Team Member).

The choice to fire will never be an easy one to make, no matter how long you’ve been in business. When it comes down to it, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s for the greater good of the company (trust me on this).

Take a look at some benefits below.

Increased morale

That person with top sales but has a bad attitude? Chances are, they’re dragging others down with them. Letting them go opens the door for others to take their place, minus the poor behavior. It also tells your other employees you care about their mental wellbeing (a major plus for this day and age).

Better productivity

Disengaged employees are often doing their own thing, putting their work second. They’d rather chat with their friends and let their job suffer for it. When building a company, everyone needs to be on board and going in the same direction. If someone’s on a different path, it’s better to separate.

Set a better example for others

Let’s say someone is always late to work. Nothing is ever said about it nor is disciplinary action taken. What does this say to their coworkers? When you fire the ones who are always tardy or constantly violate simple policies, you’re setting an example for everyone else there. They’ll know what’s not tolerated.

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Bring in someone better suited for the role

Now and then, people don’t live up to their expectations. At one point or another in our lives, we’ve all been unsure of our capacity to get a job done. The ability to realize when someone is underperforming sooner rather than later is beneficial. A more qualified person can fill that spot instead of spending valuable resources and time you don’t have on your current team member.

Diane Prince

I built an 8 figure business and sold it to a public company. Now I coach startups through their growth pains so they can scale successfully too