When A Coworker Is Fired

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about losing a team member fired for stealing:  How does the team work through their grief and betrayal and keep team morale up?

A long-time co-worker was fired for stealing. How does the team work through their grief and betrayal and keep team morale up?

Signed, Betrayed

Dear Betrayed:

I’m so sorry to hear the news. I bet this team member was known to you for quite a while, which makes the shock all the more intense. There are often emotions that will come up in a situation like this. For example, some of you might feel guilty that you didn’t know more or do more. Maybe you had some “red flags” but were too busy to consider them or take action.

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