…navigating layoff; for employees & leaders …

Call it a reduction in staff, a cost cutting exercise, efforts in combatting the competition; one can never fully anticipate receiving this news. Once the layoff has been shared with those impacted, it is an instantaneous stiff belt of reality.

Immediately following comes facing the counterparts. These are the people that you have spent countless hours collaborating, meeting, conflicting, learning, conversing in confidence and drinking coffee with.  Another jolt of reality. Making this more complicated emotionally, many of these coworkers aren’t making the same journey. It will soon be a huge factor to the remaining members with impacts to workloads, gaps in expertise, but loss of friends and relationships.

There is a moral responsibility of fair decision making by leadership. The company and the leadership must support, be present and available for its people during this time. Based on the values/characteristics of a servant leader, during organizational devastation, humanistic care and concern is critical. Based on the principles of transformational leaders, empathy and healing are top priorities equally from all levels of leaders or managers.

The following chapters from this experience becomes an employees to write. Generally speaking, the majority of the population has been here at some point in their working life.

‘Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% what we do with it’

Chares Swindoll

It could quite possibly be your message from the universe; a need for change to your true talents, a wake up call for another skill and a time to reflect on working happier. It could quite possibly be an opportunity for great things and new considerations. When walking away from the experience, remember, it may be the best thing that could have happened.


One thought on “…navigating layoff; for employees & leaders …

  1. William Higgins says:

    And the anticipation of that discussion with your manager…oh, how that is emotional turmoil. Waiting for the shoe to drop is just about as bad as getting the news. And it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with ones competence or performance. Whatever the reason, the news of your termination is a time to step back, take a big breath, and then do some personal and career assessment. Ask yourself some tough questions before you jump right into a search; am I in the right field, am I in the right job, am I following my heart and that inner voice that says I could be doing more, am I doing what I really want to be doing or what someone else wants me to be doing. When you have answered these then you are ready to start the work of a job search…and it is work. I know the feelings. I have been there. I have only recently survived another RIF. It’s not fun, but there is life after! Thanks for tackling this difficult question Amy.


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