Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Monday, April 18, 2016
Resignation or Termination?
Last Friday, Jane Doe called Richard Roe into her office at 4:50 p.m. She said, “As your supervisor, I need to tell you that I’m not pleased with your job performance. You’ve missed your production goals for the past three months and there’s also the incident in which you screamed at one of the secretaries.”
“I told you why each of those events happened,” Richard replied. “Why are you still on my back?”
“If your performance doesn’t significantly improve within 30 days,” Jane responded, “we will be forced to let you go.”
“Why wait that long?” Richard shouted. “You know you have it in for me. Why don’t we just wrap up this soap opera today? I can't wait to get out of this madhouse.”
“Very well,” said Jane. “If that’s the way you want to proceed. We can do it your way.”
Richard then stormed out.
Jane claims that Richard resigned.
Richard claims that he was fired.
Which one is correct?
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