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’
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.