There are times in life where less is more.
For example, after you’ve said something nice like “I really enjoy your sense of humour” it’s probably best not to follow it with “…I don’t care what anyone else says about you!”.
The same goes for unpleasant conversations like firing an employee for poor performance.
One of our clients had an employee who was under 2 years’ service.
In fact, he had only been there for 4 months.
His performance wasn’t great, and demand for the company’s product had dropped off, so it was a straightforward decision to let him go.
And if an employee has been with you for less than two years, they don’t have any legal protection from unfair dismissal.
Which means that as long as they are dismissed for a reason that is not a “protected characteristic” then they have no claim against you.
All you have to do is say:
“Dave, really sorry, but it is not working out, your performance is not where we would like it to be and we have had a downturn in sales, so I am really sorry but we are giving you your notice”