The Art of Film by Matthew Darienzo
by Matthew Darienzo
May 8th, 2024

The Worst Thing in Business 

May 8th, 2024 by Casey Flores

Running a business has many aspects, but none are more important than the people beside you. Seeing team members succeed, develop and grow is a highlight. However, moving on from those who aren’t the right fit is a challenge and, in my opinion, the worst part. 

As a business owner, I’ve found this to be one of the hardest aspects to deal with. You’re responsible for everything, regardless of circumstances. If someone doesn’t work out, you’re still responsible. 

We used to hold onto employees too long, even when we knew it was a bad fit. We thought this was the right thing to do, but it’s not fair to the company or employee. Letting someone go isn’t easy, especially when it’s not due to toxic behavior or poor attitude. 

Honesty and upfront communication are key. Coaching and tactical changes are important, but how employees handle adversity reveals more than their performance. 

Challenges arise when culture fits, but job performance or skill sets don’t align. Coaching and training come first, but sometimes it’s not enough. When terminating, we try to be fair, offering severance or benefits. Being respectful, honest, kind and supportive is crucial. 

Letting people go is difficult, but it’s part of business. The more you invest in the hiring process, the better your chances of limiting turnover. Seeing team members succeed and grow makes the challenges worthwhile. 

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