by Bruce Dingman
A policy for managers to have affirmation from their direct supervisor prior hiring or firing means a better consistency of making good decisions. This is what is called a “two-up” approach.
Whether making decisions regarding entry-level or senior management positions, the two-up approach indicates that serious thought, and hopefully sensitivity, has been part of the decision process. Hasty or poorly thought out decisions will be lessened, opening the way for a healthier process. Employee confidence will increase if they know from the outset the best practices of how onboarding, coaching, promotions and terminations are handled.
You may already be using this policy in part, perhaps requiring it at the more senior levels, but it is wise to use it throughout the organization. In the same way a company has a policy regarding vacation or sick day policies, citing this policy in the employee handbook and in orientation materials is good for morale.
Bruce Dingman, The Dingman Company