How to End the Employment Relationship Amicably

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Action Planning Workshop

Cost: FREE


Thursday, 17th June 2021 at 10:00am - 1:00pm

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Dismissing an employee strikes dread into most employer’s hearts. Easy to get wrong, with unpleasant consequences for both parties, and the spectre of litigation of unfair dismissal for the employer.

This three hour workshop considers alternative options to ending the employment relationship outside of the more traditional ways, and the skills required to navigate difficult meetings.

The workshop explores how to part company with employees, in a professional and empathetic way, so the employee feels they have been treated fairly and respectfully. This interactive workshop will leave you feeling confident when considering the options of how to part company with an employee, and the skills to navigate the most difficult meetings, and put this into practice.

From termination during the probationary period; dismissing employees with less than two years’ service, or on the grounds of capability and poor performance in role, or even simply the wrong role. We explore the practicalities of how to implement this.

The workshop also outlines alternative options to ending the employment relationship, without recourse to the company disciplinary and / or capability procedure. And explores protected conversations, without prejudice discussions, and settlement agreements to mutually facilitate an employee’s departure from the business.

Who should attend this workshop?

This interactive workshop is for SME business owners or anyone that manages employees who wants to understand more how to bring the employment relationship to an end.

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover? 

  • Ways to spot the employment relationship is not working  

  • What is a fair dismissal? The legal background 

  • Parting company early in the employment relationship 

  • Round peg in a square hole, right role, wrong person, 

  • Understanding dips in performance and how to get it back on track 

  • Parting company where the employee has less than two years’ service  

  • Alternative ways to end the employment relationship 

  • Putting a plan in place and sticking to it 

What outcomes can you expect from joining us?

After attending this workshop, you will:

  • Part company with an employee early in the employment relationship 

  • Be able to structure a difficult conversation with an underperforming employee 

  • Maintain momentum when the going gets tough 

  • Initiate a protected conversation, and manage the settlement agreement process 

This is an interactive, Action Planning Online Workshop. You will leave this session with handouts and a practical action plan which can be implemented within your business. Where possible, we would like to encourage you to join this session with your video camera turned on and when instructed by the facilitator, you may un-mute your microphone to take full advantage of the interactive nature of the workshop. For the best user experience, we recommend joining the workshop using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.


  • 10.00am - 10.50am - Workshop presentation

  • 10.50am - 11.00am - Break

  • 11.00am - 11.50am - Workshop presentation

  • 11.50am - 12.00pm - Break

  • 12.00pm - 12.45pm - Workshop presentation

  • 12.45pm - 1.00pm - Q&A

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

Sarah Loates is a Chartered HR Professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. She has provided HR advice, support and leadership to a wide range of sectors and business types, from private and family owned businesses, to significant multinationals including EOn.

Sarah has a breadth of knowledge and her areas of expertise include employee relations, employment law and talent management.




This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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