How should I dismiss an employee?

I'm not a manager but have been given the task of hiring and training new staff. Two weeks ago I hired an aquaintance of mine and now the owner's mother, who is running the business while the boss is on vacation, has told me to fire her as she has been consistently short on the register by $12+. In additon, she leaves the store messy, and other staff have complained. If it were up to me, I'd give her another couple of days as she finally managed to balance her register within the specified limit. The concern I have is that she isn't grasping the job as quickly as is needed - I've had to talk her through the process every night when she should have remembered/figured it out on her own by day 3. The owner's mother already has a replacement waiting so now it's up to me to get the ball rolling. Any advice on what I should say and how I should say it? Thanks.

Asked By: taarna_73 - 5/17/2007
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Firing someone is never easy. The best way is to be straightforward. You should tell her that she has not been able to perform all the duties of her position, without assistance, as she should be able to do by this time. Explain that this is detrimental to the business and to co workers.
Answered By: vegaswoman - 5/17/2007
Additional Answers (2)
Tell her you are sorry but that its just not working out, and that you are going to have to let her go.
Answered By: webned - 5/17/2007
There is no easy way to do it . Be honest with her and try to avoid embarrassing her in front of the other employees.
Answered By: hdean45 - 5/17/2007
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