“I’m sorry, we know longer have a need for your position.” A sentence I never thought I’d have to hear and definitely not a sentence I envisioned myself saying to someone else. I am a 24-year-old teacher who has found herself immersed in the business world. To say the least I am not equipped (emotionally) to handle the firing of someone else.
Let me start by saying I am an emotionally charged individual, the slightest inkling of a sad moment can bring me to tears. So already you know I’m probably not tough enough to handle the crazy competiveness of the business world. And yes, you are correct I am not tough enough to handle the business world. Scratching and clawing my way to the top of the food chain is not how I want to get by in life. So “letting someone go” is not my ideal situation, and definitely not a situation I saw myself in at 24 years old.
Well it happened and it’s safe to say I was not prepared. I know it’s a part of life, blah blah blah, but I can’t handle the fact that I was the one to break the news. All I could think of was how “I” was the one who just rocked their world… and not in a good way. After my stomach stopped hurting and I could finally comprehend what just happened, I realized that events like this happened for a reason. This person WILL find a better opportunity and I have to believe that something like this will help both of us grow as individuals. (I know the person being “fired” does not want to hear that).
Events like this happen everywhere, not just in the business world. I unfortunately had to experience it a lot sooner than I would have liked. I hope one day, if you ever find yourself on the giving end of a “we’re letting you go” speech, you have the empathy and strength needed for the person receiving it. Let’s hope, for the sake of my emotional stability, that this type of situation doesn’t occur again for a long time.