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Have you recently thought that it’s time to fire an employee?

It’s an often said cliche that, “The hardest thing about business is managing people.” And, especially when you’re in the throws of managing team members who aren’t meeting performance expectations, that saying rings true. Managing, disciplining, and even firing employees are all just part of being a business owner and leader. That being said, I recently had a few different conversations with clients and prospects, specifically about the question, “Is it time to fire that employee?” Over the years, I have fired employees and team members for various reasons. Some firing resulted from clear, black and white ethical or procedural violations. However, the question of firing an employee over performance issues pose different challenges altogether. Especially in smaller organizations, like healthcare technology startups or small private healthcare practices, teams form close relationships. The thought of firing someone who you’ve come to form a personal relationship with brings up anxiety and other emotions around what this change in work arrangement will do to the personal relationships. Then, there’s also the question of whether or not it’s even justifiable to fire an employee over this specific performance issue comes up.

So, this week, I share some of my own thoughts, frameworks, and resources on the topic of managing team members, performance expectations, and even the decision to terminate an employee. I share some books and resources that I’ve used over the years to navigate some of these often difficult management issues.

 

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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show and the author of Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare. His career trajectory includes 12+ years of experience in healthcare management, clinical operations, programmatic development, marketing & business development. He even spent some time as an Assistant Professor in a Graduate Program of Occupational Therapy and has served on numerous boards and regulatory committees. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. His work on Telehealth has been discussed in Forbes.

Today, Rafi helps innovative healthcare companies like technology startups, platforms, SaaS companies & innovative healthcare organizations develop effective positioning strategy and business development plans through his consulting work. He also leverages his experience as a professor and academic to speak and train on the topics around humanizing the healthcare experience & healthcare innovation. In addition, Rafi also owns and operates ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic treating patients with musculoskeletal pain.

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Medical Professionals RafiIf you are an innovative healthcare company looking to humanize healthcare through direct service delivery, technology, a device, or software, then reach out. We'd love to talk with you about how Rehab U Practice Solutions can help.

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✅ Clarify your product, service, or organization's positioning strategy...

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✅ Develop a Market Penetration Roadmap to align your company's value proposition with your targeted healthcare stakeholder to develop a bottom up marketing strategy...

We help you not only craft your healthcare positioning strategy, we help you identify your highest value offer for your target audience, align that value with your market, and help you develop a business development system that leverages insights from market data & industry-specific resources to enable your business development team to effectively drive business for your organization.

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