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Asking a Senior Employee to Resign
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Chrm Message From: tania Total Posts: 26 Join Date: 20/01/2009
Rank: Executive Post Date: 20/01/2009 10:42:13 Points: 130 Location: India

Dear friends,

i am faced with the tough task of balancing traditional mindsets alongwith modern mindsets. I work with a sister concern of a 20 yr old construction company. My company is into IT. we have an assistant on board, around 55-56 yrs old. i personally dislike him for various reasons, but leaving that aside, many other employees are facing problems with him. the VP has asked me to ask this empoyee to put down his papers. i am much younger, and finding it extremely awkward to tell him to resign. My thinking was to ask his boss to ask him to resign, but i have a strong feeling, that i will be asked to do the dirty work! Any suggestions on how i should handle this.


Chrm Message From: rahul.07712 Total Posts: 1 Join Date: 20/01/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 23/01/2009 03:35:38 Points: 5 Location: India
Dear friend ,

You should go tell him the realty and the reason why ,  the company does not need his service .it not matter whether you are younger OR elder , you are gonna do what you are told to do , That is your responsibility.
In work always recognize the position not the person .
Chrm Message From: surendravarma Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 20/01/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 24/01/2009 06:16:48 Points: 10 Location: India
Hi Tania, I know asking someone to resign is not a good task, but believe me this is why HR department is needed in organization for all such good and bad reasons. I mean we are the people who are the front end guys for our internal customers and asking someone to resign is always been put on HR shoulder. Age and seniority does not matter when we are working in professional environment what matters is the profile and the responsibility that you are handling. You should handle this case very carefully, knowing that this employee is working since long with the organization and he is on the verge of the retirement and it would be very difficult for him to get a job at this time of his career. You should be open enough to discuss this case very openly with him and try to be fair in the process ensuring that his dues and other things will be cleared soon and if he need you help in getting a job. So plan in such a way that the separation is done very smoothly. I hope this will help you and if you can any further queries feel free to talk to me or write me. Regards, Surendra Varma
Chrm Message From: siddharth Total Posts: 33 Join Date: 20/01/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 27/01/2009 10:36:48 Points: 165 Location: India

In my opinion, you should go ahead and do what VP has asked you to do. Dont think its a "dirty work", its very much a part of your job and profession. There will be many people in the future that you might deal with, and you need to understand how to handle this kind of a situation. Communicating with you seniors or your juniors, irrespective of the age, requires skill and patience. Go ahead and share your views with the person. Tell him that people are facing problems because of his attitude and cite the examples, if required. If the person asks apology, and the things can be resolved in the boardroom, give him another chance.

The important thing that you need to take care of is to find out, whether the problems, people are facing with him, are professional or personal? If the problems are professional, then a harsh step needs to be taken, but if the problems are personal, then the person just needs some counselling from an elderly person like him. A person around the age of 56 yrs, might get offended easily and will not try and understand, if a younger person will try and tell him the problems.

Hope this helps.


Chrm Message From: bijoy123 Total Posts: 22 Join Date: 20/01/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 27/01/2009 10:41:37 Points: 110 Location: India


Your problem is quite emotional and should not be miixed with your profession, at the first place. Now, before going head long to ask him to resign, just because he appears to be unpleasant and uncooperative to modern trend, you cannot ask him to go that easily. Old timers are always believe that their old tradition is very high and bringing a change in their mind set takes time.

You must, first and foremost, counsel him very politely and find out what irks him. whether his personality factor that is inclement to the Organisation or there is some element of incongruence, where his old values are not respected by the younger generation or does the Company wants to ease him out for his non- contribution. You will get the answer, once you have a personal talk with him.

Secondly, find out a better place where he can be otherwise, better utilised in some other section or division. Also, find out a palce or even crete a place where these old stalwarts can be marginally used.

Thirdly, propose a package for better VRS where these people can have a honourable exit with pride. Discuss with your top man for giving him a good package and he his induced to take a VRS, where his rest of years of service is properly benefitted monetarily.

Basically, a HR person should have love for people in whatever kind or behaviour they may be, you cannot shun or dislike a person on any factor. Perhaps, by age and experience you will cultivate this campassionate feelings in your profession. You are no way doing a dirty work, you have do it in a smart way. Have an elderly employee along with you while talking with him.

Do not coerce or put pressure on him to tender his resignation, he may go to some outside party for redressal and you would become the target. If nothing works build a record and then find if you can take a mild disciplinary action which may induce him to prefer to leave the organisation.

Inform your VP that these kind of issues require patience and cannot be done in haste.



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