Business & Personal Coaching  Promote Your Business
Business & Personal Coaching
Cost Report

Look at Both Sides of Lay-offs

Recently I coached a woman that was given a choice to keep her job and take a 50% pay cut or leave with a small severance package. Susan worked at this organization for 14 years and never received a negative evaluation. She was also treated for breast cancer, so medical insurance was a necessity for her. She is over 65 years old so "cobra" was not an option for her because of Medicare requirements.

When her supervisor approached her he just handed her a piece of paper with the information and never looked at her as she realized her life was about to change. Susan was in a state of shock with the news but was given a brief time to respond to the offer.

I asked her if the supervisor's lack of sympathy and poor communication added to the pain of the situation and she said absolutely. Susan said if she could understand "why" she was being forced to accept a much smaller salary or leave, it would have been easier for her to accept the bad news.

It is also painful for the supervisor to have to cut employees because of reduced
budgets. Which employees to select for downsizing? Will it be the individuals that
bring revenue into the business or the employees that have tenure and loyalty but
aren't the same asset to the company? In other words, does an employee's personal
health and life situation an ingredient in a decision or is it strictly bottom line?

The new movie "Up In The Air" it is about a man (played by George Clooney)
is always traveling to companies to inform employees that they have terminated.
He makes an effort to put a positive spin on a very difficult situation, however
bringing in an outside person to deliver the bad news is cowardly instead
of having a direct conversation from the employer.

Letting employees go especially in a bad economy is a very difficult and sometimes'
a painful thing to do. The question is not"who" you terminate but "how" you handle
the process. Here are some suggestions (1) Do it in person (2) Be honest and
specific (3) Answer the persons questions to the best of your ability: i.e. insurance,
unemployment,retraining (4) acknowledge their contribution to the organization
(5) wish them well in their future.

The respect of the dignity of the individual is very important, it should make the
employer feel better about the process and it will let the laid off employee walk out with their head held high.

Be the first to find this article helpful.

About the Author

Robyn Loup, Insights By Robyn, Life Coach LLC
14 Canon Place
Englewood, CO 80111

If you would like to re-print this article, please contact the author.
Free Quotes from Lifestyle Coaches.
Find a Personal Coach

Related Topics

Beginning Our Business
This short video shows how we came to know a healthy life-style and are now living life...

The Truth About True Love
What is true love? I certainly thought as a child that my "true love prince" would come...

Co-Dependency: What Is It?
Co-Dependency can emerge from a family system with rules that interfere with normal...

Childbirth: The Labor Practice
Women who would like to pursuit healthy and active birth, and make a wish to avoid...

Lifestyle Coaching: Go Ahead. Choose Happy.
Goal setting and moving in the right direction with humor. Choose Happy and make your...

Free Quotes from Lifestyle Coaches.

Other Related Topics

Life Coaching: 'Everything' In Moderation
'Everything in moderation' is frequently used to remind oneself that more of a good...

Communication: 4 Types Of Mind, 4 Types Of People
There are 4 types of personalities which surface during a verbal interaction. Find out...

Are You Feeling Burned Out?
Do you feel like you could blow a gasket at any moment? Have you ever felt like going...

Self-Evaluation: SWOT Analysis
Conducting a personal SWOT analysis will help you meet your life goals.

Everything Starts With Passion
The secret sauce that fuels success is passion.

Editorial Disclaimer: The views expressed in articles published on this website are those of the authors alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of this website or its staff. The articles on this site do not constitute a recommendation or endorsement with respect to any views, company, or product. Authors affirm that article submissions are their original content or that they have permission to reproduce.

Free Cost Estimates   |   Business & Personal Coaches Directory   |   Business & Personal Coaching Cost Report   |   Free Business Listing

All users of are subject to our terms of use.

Home   |   Articles & Videos   |   Affiliates   |   Networking Groups   |   Search by Category

Terms of Use   |   Privacy   |   Partner Network   |   California Do Not Sell My Info   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Member Login

©2003-2022 - VentureStreet, LLC

Join Our Business Network