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I Fired the Wrong Person

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I Fired the Wrong Person

Synopsis: Ever fire the wrong the person? You only make that mistake once.


The day after graduating, HR diploma hot in my hand, I decided to go business to business with my resume to see if I could land my first professional opportunity.

My first visit was to a call centre which happened to be looking for an individual to “run the HR department.”  I interviewed and got the job in the same week. 

The first day on the job the Manager called me into his office and said “I need you to fire Amy.”  I replied “ok” and did not ask for much more justification. At this point in time I was only aware of the limited fact that it was performance based.

I called Amy into my office (one on one) and after a two-minute meeting she was terminated and left the building.

My boss approached me an hour later and asked for a recap of the meeting.  He also asked me to evaluate my performance which I concluded was “done to a satisfactory level.”

He then asked “if the meeting was performed to satisfaction” then why was she still on the property and still performing her regular duties?  I quickly looked at the person he was pointing towards and my heart immediately raced and my face turned as red as a radish. I had terminated the wrong person.

My boss then went to utter some words inappropriate for even some back yard garage settings but then settled down and called this my first learning experience in the “real world.”

It took me a few sleepless nights and a week’s worth of Tim Horton’s to pay back the affected parties but I managed to survive and have never entered a meeting unprepared since.