Dear Aunty B,
I manage a team of about five people and recently we had to fire one of them for continuing performance issues. Even though I think we made the right decision, I obviously feel bad for this employee. But a few days after being fired she emailed me asking for a written reference for a new job she is going for. Is she out of her mind? Or is this normal now? What should I do?
No, this is not normal. I don’t know what planet your former employee lives on but the person who just fired you is not normally the best person to get a reference from!
You are completely within your rights to just respond that you are not in a position to provide a written reference for her. Who even asks for written references anyway? If she is crazy enough to include your details on her application and a prospective employer gets in touch, you can tell them the period of time this employee worked for you and that she was then fired.
What are you waiting for? Email your questions, problems and issues to [email protected] right now./p>