It’s never easy to make the decision that a digital team member is no longer right for you, but unfortunately, time is of the essence when you do come to realization that it’s time to sever the relationship.
Choosing to wait too long could lead to you being sucked back into working with somebody who isn’t the right fit for your business.
Even worse, a person who suspects that you may be on the verge of firing them may take malicious actions that can ultimately harm your business. This is why you need to determine when and how you should fire your virtual assistant as effectively as possible while keeping the drama to the minimum.
Work Is No Longer Being Done Properly
Perhaps the first signal that it’s time to fire your virtual assistant is the fact that the work start being turned in of lower and lower quality. There is a good chance that the virtual assistant has excuses for why things aren’t done properly and he or she may even blame you by not providing proper directions.
Rather than taking too swift action in firing the person right away, ensure that you do your research and determine whether or not this person has any grounds to say that you have not given them the tools they need.
Being self-reflective and identifying situations in which you could have done a better job is a great way to determine whether or not it’s really right to fire your virtual assistant.
Big Mistakes Are Being Made
If your new launch email went out with a wrong link in it or the virtual assistant accidentally provided free access to your $5000 program to your entire email list before you could act quickly enough to fix it, these are major mistakes.
You need to have a one on one conversation with your virtual assistant to determine what went wrong, but if there is a pattern of this kind of behavior, it could be costing your business and a lot of time and money.
You need to consult with your virtual assistant immediately to identify the root of the problem. If it happens too many times, you’re well within your rights to cut the cord.
Deadlines Are Constantly Missed
Deadlines happen in your business for a reason. You may need to turn things in for other people or you may miss out on an amazing opportunity simply because your virtual assistant did not take the deadlines as seriously as you do.
If you begin to notice that deadlines are slacking, it may be appropriate to fire your virtual assistant. It goes without saying that before having a conversation with your VA and terminating him or her from working with you, you need to identify the root of the problem.
Is there something going on in their personal life that could have prevented them from being able to succeed in this position?
Were you not clear enough with your instructions or were you overbearing and serving as a micro-manager that made your VA less motivated and frustrated about working for you.
If your virtual assistant has lost your trust, it can be very challenging to rebuild this in a way that helps propel you and your business forward as well as the relationship with your VA.
Ultimately, you will know in your gut when it is the right decision to let somebody go. When you choose to let a virtual assistant go, make sure that you have changed all of the passwords within your business.
Even if you do not think that the VA is capable of going in and purposely making mistakes on your website or within your email newsletter, changing the passwords is an excellent step to take to protect yourself from a disgruntled employee.