There was a disturbing story in the newspaper today:
The trial dragged on for two years — marked by 46 days of hearings, 18 witnesses on the stand, and a hefty 89-page ruling by the judge. Mob crime of the century? Complex terror case? Nope. Just trying to get rid of a bad public-school teacher.
The article went on to detail the almost unimaginable lengths that one had to go to terminate a demonstrably incompetent teacher in New York City. Not surprisingly, few administrators even try.
Fortunately, most of our workplaces aren’t nearly this extreme in protecting poorly performing employees. Yet and still, I wonder if in trying to guard against lawsuits by forcing managers to “dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ ” before signing off on a termination, HR professionals are often guilty of damaging the organization and its employees in unintended but real ways.