How to Make Firing People Suck Less for Them and Suck More for You | Signal v. Noise

David Heinemeier Hansson:

Maybe if you fire a hundred people, you’ll eventually get used to it. But I doubt it. Firing people is horrible. Nothing has stressed me out more in the past twelve years of running Basecamp.

Of course, however hard it is to be the one to fire someone, it’s endlessly worse to be the one fired.

I’ve been fired once before. It was a horrible experience, but the people who fired me were insanely kind and gave me generous severance. I had just moved out on my own—out of state no less.

If you’re a manager, this is a must-read.