No matter the reason one is fired, everyone deserves the respect of being fired face to face. It is a coward move to fire someone via a text message, and is extremely unprofessional. I don't understand why an employer would do such a thing. Firing should always be done in person.
I think firing should be done in person. With the increase in reliance on technology in our society, many things that were once done in person are now done through virtual means, such as text or email. However, much more care needs to be taken in ensuing personal issues, such as firing an employee, are dealt with in a personal manner in order to preserve humanity and respect for our fellow man.
While an employer can fire you over the phone, or via text or email, this is not a typical company’s policy. Most employers know that these methods of firing would hurt staff morale. Word of harsh firings can reverberate through an organization and impact productivity and retention of key employees.
Most employers create standard policies for firing and discharging staff. Typically, this includes a meeting with a Human Resources representative, in which you go over the terms of your termination and leave detailed documentation of your separation, such as a signed document.
Being fired is terrible. Sometimes it bothers a person for the rest of their life. A person shouldn't have to look a person in the eye when they learn that news. People who have never been fired don't appreciate what it's like. Being fired is a tough thing and there is no good way to do it.