As I mentioned in an earlier post, Eleanor (the Upstairs Maid) is about to lose her job.
The Missus has been complaining for quite some while about her poor job performance, and finally asked me to replace her.
I alerted the HR Department at the Foundation, and they started interviewing people all this past week. And yesterday (Eleanor's day off) they sent me three candidates at nine, ten and eleven in the morning to interview and meet the Mister and Missus.
All three have passed preliminary background checks before they're ever sent to the Residence. Drug testing will come later, when someone is actually hired.
There was one candidate, Ester, that seems really promising. A background working in both major hotels, and luxury homes. So we'll see.
But tomorrow morning, my unhappy job is to tell Eleanore that she's being replaced.
We've had discussions, she knows the Missus is unhappy, I reminded her that our corporate health insurance covers both counseling and rehab if needed. But all to no avail.
I called my buddy Greg who has a small business and has faced the issue of hiring and firing people more frequently than I.
His words of wisdom for firing someone: "Be direct, be honest, and remember this is not a conversation."
And so armed, tomorrow morning I have to go in and tell Eleanor, a dear and trusted employee of many, many years, that she's being replaced.
I hate this like all get out.