I have been an employee (probably never a great one) and an employer, an entrepreneur really. I started a successful audiology practice from scratch and ran it for 4 years well and only closed due to my divorce (or I would have had to give him half it’s value). And I and my husband have run this band we have. I have hired and fired people and both are necessary sometimes.
I want to address firing someone who you have formed a friendship with. This is difficult because emotions and feelings cause you to retain them for far longer than you’ve any right to do and often the company/band suffers. And often the person is really ready to leave but for prideful blinders or other reasons they stay and force you to take that drastic step. Then you have a decision. Do I retain the friendship and destroy the company/band or let them go and hopefully stay friends but possibly offend them beyond reconciliation and keep the company/band a viable entity. Sometimes, because again of pride, it ends us being kill the friendship or kill the band/company. It is a horrible bind to be in. And of course you must pray over this decision.
We recently had this dilemma with two band members who needed to go because they were bringing us down in a slow death. We decided to retain our band because my husband and I met in a band and have been together in one since and we can continue this mutual hobby. We love it. We breathe music. It is where God gifted us and we can play together and lift others up and nd the same time. So, you have togethwr decide which. Maybe the friendship is more important to some. Maybe the company/band is more important. It is a personal decision. But know that you are making that decision and you must understand it and weigh both sides with pros and cons. Then commit. Make a decision and just do it. It gets harder postponing it. Decide and go. And I am relieved to be finished with it. Now we can move forward and focus on it better.❤