Fortune article: Whether you're on the delivering or receiving end, layoffs and firings are a messy office enterprise.
"When we worked together 15 years ago, she demonstrated terrific work ethic. So while she wasn't exactly scintillating in the personality department, I had no worries about her ability to do a great job."
"Unfortunately, 15 years can breed a lot of bad habits. She was habitually late (not minutes, more along the lines of hours) with no explanation. She missed deadlines. She would disappear for hours in the middle of the day with no explanation, and she'd watch TV on a small window on her monitor while "working."
"Even though I was not her direct supervisor -- I managed her supervisor -- the "powers that be" determined that I needed to do the deed."
"It made it much easier to be unemotional about firing her."
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