[b]MSNBC has an article on the growing trend of outsourcing firing.
What are your thoughts?[/b]
[b]"You're fired!" now often comes from strangers - Growing number of bosses hiring outsiders to usher out unwanted workers[/b]
Welcome to the final frontier of human resources: the outsourced termination. The popularity of HR outsourcing and consulting has exploded in recent years...
[u][b]My first reaction:[/b][/u] Outrageous, cold, definitely not along the lines of MT and the manager is missing a huge personal (albeit unpleasant) growth opportunity here. In some examples, it seems like the manager just sits there in the room saying nothing while the hired firer does the talking. If I was the direct, I would be astounded (at this style, not just at the firing). Granted that the article does counter with "For their part, firing specialists say a manager should never defer entirely to them, but that it doesn't hurt to have a consultant in the room in case the manager starts to get into trouble."