In this age of downsizing, rightsizing, ( and in the case of Reader's Digest layoffs...creating a 'condensed' version), you may find yourself in the unenviable position of having to tell a patient or employee "Free at last, free at last, Thank God you're free at last." Should this happen, I hope you find the following useful. And if you've been set free recently, you may want to reread the letter of recommendation they sent with you for the following coded thoughts!

And now, from our 'Letting Go of the Oar' department, here are:

Subject: Letters of Recommendation for Employees
Source: "D. S. Paull" < >

If you have to write a letter of recommendation for a fired employee, here
are a few suggested phrases:

-For the chronically absent:
"A man like him is hard to find."
"It seemed her career was just taking off."

-For the office drunk:
"I feel his real talent is wasted here."
"We generally found him loaded with work to do."
"Every hour with him was a happy hour."

-For an employee with no ambition:
"He could not care less about the number of hours he had to put
"You would indeed be fortunate to get this person to work for

-For an employee who is so unproductive that the job is better
left unfilled:
"I can assure you that no person would be better for the job."

-For an employee who is not worth further consideration as a job
"I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an
offer of employment."
"All in all, I cannot say enough good things about this
candidate or recommend him too highly."

-For a stupid employee:
"There is nothing you can teach a man like him."
"I most enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no
qualifications whatsoever."

-For a dishonest employee:
"Her true ability was deceiving."
"He's an unbelievable worker."


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