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What single word can I use to denote positive contribution or positive impact? E.g.:

He was let go because his burden outweighed his [positive impact]

I thought of using benefit but that word doesn't really clarify to whom it is directed (to the let go employee or the company, in the above example)

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    I think there's something not quite right about his burden there (it's probably not him who's carrying or "owning" a burden - his drawbacks are a burden to the company who're firing him). Common juxtapositions include advantages/disadvantages and benefits/drawbacks. Mar 4, 2015 at 21:58
  • Not sure you can say: his burden here. He was a burden, he didn't have a burden. Your choice of answer will leave you with a weird sentence. His burdensomeness is very heavy.
    – Lambie
    Sep 11, 2018 at 23:39

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He was let go because his burden outweighed his contributions.

I think this is the phrase you are looking for. "Contribution" has a default positive connotation.

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  • Actually, the sentence doesn't make much sense. Because he was a burden.
    – Lambie
    Sep 11, 2018 at 23:40
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He was let go because his burden outweighed his usefulness.

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