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(Q.2) I HAD TO FIRE A KEY EMPLOYEE last week because she wasn't doing the job. She liked going to meetings and giving assignments, but she never did the fund raising and marketing that were her real assignments. When I told her to leave we agreed on two weeks with pay so she can wind up what few projects she had begun. One week later I am hearing her bad mouth the company and me, and she is doing absolutely NO work. Her attitude is not good for the office, but since I have to pay her another week, I feel I should keep her. But it's harder every day. What do I do?

(A.) GET HER OUT OF THERE NOW. One week's pay is nothing compared the negativity you're going to have to clean out of your company after she's gone. Also that will give you a jump on hiring the new person and getting the place back to normal faster. In this business climate we have no time to waste. Move forward.

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