Firing an employee can be a very stressful situation for everyone involved. This infographic may shed some light on how to make it a little easier. You'll want to warn the employee that termination is possible if they don't improve quickly and outline how best to achieve this. Firing someone should be done concisely and early in the week. Doing so will help avoid an employee stewing for too long and helps allow them time to start networking immediately. Make sure that the employee doesn't linger so they don't have a chance to make bad choices before they leave and incentive them to sign a release. If they make legitimate claims for benefits, do not fight them on it and be sure to reassign that employee's duties immediately. Simply put, if an employee isn't measuring up and is showing no sign of improving, it's probably best to get the termination wheels moving.