Ghastly Repercussions for HR Duty?

Firing employees isn’t easy, but the repercussions shouldn’t be deadly.

September 3, 2015

The recent fatal shooting of a news anchor and her cameraman brought a familiar sick sense to me and my gut again; there are far too many people getting murdered by disgruntled former employees of companies.  One article talked about how the gunman was “axed,” i.e., terminated, and apparently he was suing the network on grounds of discrimination.  Regardless of the details, here is what I heard again, and all too often these past few years: employee gets fired, then employee murders. I can’t help but think of the person who DID the firing, and where they stand in all of this.  Seems like they are never mentioned, but being in HR myself, and having terminated many people in my management career, these are the things I wonder:

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It upsets me, and I wonder if these all-too-common incidents bother other people in HR and management. Nobody likes to be the one to terminate an employee, but it is sometimes necessary.  Who lives are we putting at risk when the decision is made, and the deed is done?

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