When Business Relationships End

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

By Mitch Mitchell

I have a friend that just had a business contract go badly and end abruptly. When she asked what the problem was, she couldn't get a straight answer from the people other than to say they weren't happy with the direction things were going.

At the same time, even though she was upset at how things had ended, she wasn't totally depressed. In fact, she felt as though a big weight had been lifted off her shoulders, because, for some reason, the pressure was now off. Not that she wasn't up to the job, but she'd been feeling a strange sort of stress while working for these people.

It's never good for a business relationship to just end without someone coming up with a reason why. Yet, the reality is that, sometimes, people really aren't sure why they're not a perfect fit with each other. I've worked with people who have irritated me for some reason I can't explain, and I'm sure some may have felt the same about me. As independents, that's fine.

However, if you're a real employer, it's inherently unfair not to tell an employee what they may or may not have done that's gotten them discharged. It's especially unfair if the behavior, or possibly lacking skills, weren't mentioned to the person during a probationary period, or even during a counseling period with an existing employee, so that person has a chance to correct the error or behavior. In some states, it just might be illegal if mitigating circumstances can be proven.

Still, sometimes personalities just don't match up, which is one reason to have a probationary period. People can usually feel discomfort with each other, and sometimes it really is just best to move on. Of course, if you're the one who's been let go and you need the money, you may have mixed emotions. But the universe may be telling you there's a better opportunity for you elsewhere; you just have to keep the faith.

Mitch Mitchell is president of T. T. Mitchell Consulting, Inc, a company dedicated to changing attitudes and perceptions for unlimited growth in both one's personal and professional lives. You can learn more about him by visiting http://www.ttmitchellconsulting.com.

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