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Face-to-face 'best way' to sack staff.

AS many as 98% of senior decision-makers in SMEs feel that telling staff face-to-face that they are losing their jobs is one of the most appropriate courses of action.

The SME Omnibus survey from YouGov show other popular options include a typed letter (31%) , a hand-written letter (24%). while 11% believe a phone conversation is acceptable.

However, e-mail proved to be one of the least popular options, with only 2% choosing this option as an appropriate way of sacking an employee.

The questions were asked after a number of army officers recently learnt by email that they were losing their jobs. The officers were given a year's notice. The Ministry of Defence later apologised.

More than half of senior decision makers (51%) questioned were outraged over the incident and felt it to be completely unacceptable.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 10, 2011
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