In response to last week’s question on whether hire-and fire-policies are justifies, most readers said employees should be trained and motivated to increase productivity and not threatened with the pink-slip

Non-performer are not born

Managers should not hire to fire. Non-performers are not born, in-fact they are created by the company’s work culture and policies. Every person possesses the inborn feeling of self-actualisation. Managers should use a balance of emotional and intelligence quotient to judge situations and give the right input at the right time to instil right thoughts in staff that can trigger high performance.

Animesh Barman, Kolkata

Humane approach is a must

A happy and satisfied employee is a productive employee. Easy hire and fire policies will lead to a feeling of insecurity among the working population. This will ultimately affect the productivity and profitability of the firm. A well thought-out strategy would be to hire qualified and suitable candidates to work with the organisation and reduce attrition by promoting employee satisfaction and loyalty. This can be done by rewarding good performances and encouraging healthy work ethics by positive inducements than by evoking fear by a threat of dismissal. A humane approach on the side of management will reduce friction between both sides. However, underperformers and non-performers should be dealt with politely but firmly and a ‘golden handshake’ should only be the last resort.

Francis Kuriakose, Puducherry

Emphasise employee development

It is wiser to concentrate on employee development rather than firing them. India has an abundance of undeveloped human resources, which have to be tapped, moulded and utilised to the maximum. Policies and laws must incorporate intensive training and development programmes for employees who are a definite asset to their organisations. Hire-and-fire policy affects the morale of the employees, leading to uncertainty about their job security, which eventually leads to reduced morale, low productivity and declined efficiency. It is an era where waste is recycled for further use. If such is the scenario why can’t valuable employees be trained and utilised to the utmost extent?

S. Visalaxi, Tirupati

(This article was published on August 9, 2012)
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