Not very often does a senior manager ever get fired. They will resign and claim some other priority is causing them to choose to move in a different direction. We all know this person was forced out, and sometimes it is common knowledge as to why, and yet the whole concept of terminating the employment of a senior manager is usually avoided.
The main cause is the fear of a wrongful termination suit. Let’s face it, most companies with their HR and Legal teams leading the charge are so afraid of the legal system they bend over backwards to avoid terminating any employee, but especially their senior managers. They are more prone to terminate entry-level staff, but allow inappropriate behaviors to exist in managers for way too long.
I’m from the school of thought that says that when a senior manager is behaving inappropriately, everyone in the company knows about it. When they continue to be employed, the message is sent rather quickly that the behavior is okay when it comes from a senior manager. However, when we terminate these employees, the word gets out even faster that the behavior is not okay and that the consequences are severe.
There is a company right now today, with a senior manager that has a problem with his mouth spouting off the wrong things at the wrong times in front of the wrong people. Although he has been written up numerous times for his insensitive behaviors, he is close to retirement and the powers to be just hope he retires soon. That is the ultimate corrective action isn’t it? Just wait their behavior out until they retire!