I am working with two clients right now who desperately need and want to fire employees who are clearly not adding value to the equation.
Their dilemma is - they can't pull the trigger because they have failed to provide adequate feedback on the employee's performance.
It has been easier to ignore and "work around" issues but that expediency has led to situations where the employee will actually be shocked to hear they are being let go.
This is a far too common problem.
As difficult as regular performance reviews can be, they are certainly less painful than having to fire someone who does not see it coming.
If you are behind in your staff evaluations, stop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and schedule time to complete this critically important task.