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Dear Workforce Should We Dismiss Resigning Employees Immediately?

November 19, 2004
Our company competes for contracts in the health-care industry. Sometimes employees leave us for better positions with our competitors. This happened recently when a lower-level accounts receivable employee gave two weeks' notice. Management, however, told her to leave at the end of the day. There was some debate as to whether this was necessary, since she didn't serve in a strategy-forming role and had no access to any "secret" processes or work practices (although she did prepare the monthly accounting reports). In some instances when employees resign, it can be prudent to allow them to finish immediately and pay them to the end of their notice period. For future reference, how do we create a checklist of circumstances to guide us in these situations?
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