08/23/2012 10:53 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2012

How To Break Bad News To Employees

No matter how many times a business leader has to fire an employee or deny a bonus, having tough conversations doesn't get any easier. However, you can increase your confidence and maintain strong relationships by learning to lead the conversation respectfully and productively.

"You want to convey the information in a way that the person can hear, learn from and act upon," says Ben Dattner, an organizational psychologist and founder of Dattner Consulting. "Not in a way that's going to make them shut down."

Next time you have to have a tough conversation with one of your employees, try these steps to help you lead the conversation effectively.

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