Employee | How To Without Stress
A layoff of any employee is usually because business conditions
have changed. Layoffs are often necessary for a business to become
Today the layoff of an employee won’t damage the worker’s
resume, but is now just an unpleasant fact. Clearly, a worker isn’t
at fault when you lay him off. His performance and has been acceptable.
But, business conditions have forced the layoff of the employee.
While it is no longer a disgrace, a lay off is still
hard on everyone. This includes you as the terminating supervisor,
the terminated staff member, his family and the surviving coworkers.
Before we look at the lay off process in detail, let’s talk
about how it’ll influence you emotionally. The situation
will cause many stresses in your life. This is particularly true
if this is your first reduction in force as a firing supervisor.
You’ll be on a rollercoaster.
Let’s identify some of the causes of your tension. First,
you’ll lay off good people who rely on you and your business
to sustain their families. You already recognize that your actions
will turn their lives upside down, and none of it is their
Second, you may fault yourself personally for the business turn
down. You and your management chain may have caused your company’s
decline through management errors or poor decisions or a failure
to recognize the changing marketplace.
Third, you appreciate these layoffs will economically damage your
community. If your community has acknowledged you in the past as
a prominent, local company leader, you may feel added remorse.
Fourth, you’ll have concerns about your personal security.
A fired worker committing an act of violence is a chance you must
Since we’ve acknowledged these concerns, we can now discuss
the reality of your situation. While these doubts are real, you
shouldn’t be too concerned.
- Your former workers will normally get better jobs than they
- Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t be
too hard on yourself. You did more right than wrong or your business
gone bankrupt already.
- You will save jobs! If you don’t
lay off some workers today, you’ll bankrupt your business
and there won’t be
any jobs for anyone. Besides, your liquidation may lead to your
laying off their people.
- A lay off is part of a levelheaded strategy
to reduce expenses and recover your competitiveness. In a short
time, your company
will get respect again from the local community. Your reputation
as a business leader will probably grow even larger.
- Violence by fired
workers doesn’t happen often. Understand
that working for a declining company is stressful.
Therefore, most workers are (paradoxically) happy when they find
out about their termination.
To find out how to lay off correctly, you should get a copy of
the Employee Termination Guidebook. You can discover more at layoff