Posted by: adrienehill | February 2, 2009

Layoffs done right

What can companies or business owners do to make lay-offs better for employees?  Is there ever a “good way” to let people go?

A blog post from the Boston Globe has some ideas for making the layoff process smoother–especially for smaller companies.  The advice includes:

Show employees R-E-S-P-E-C-T– It doesn’t matter if the organization is eliminating three or three hundred jobs; each person should be treated with dignity and respect. How are people notified? Did they read about their job loss in a form email, or get a security escort from the building? Each person should get a private meeting with a manager to hear the news. What kind of separation package is the company offering? It should include a mix of benefits and severance to support people while they look for a new job. Is the organization providing any assistance to help those affected find work? When possible, companies should offer career transition support and access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to departing employees. Providing a financial safety net and outplacement services is the right thing to do. It also sends a message to current employees that the organization will take care of its people, even in the most challenging times.

If you’ve been laid off or worked at a business where there were layoffs, do you feel like they were “respectful”?  What do you think could have made the process better?



  1. I do not think many organizations think about respect during a downsizing. It helps that a list of resources are delivered or a bridge of assistance is offered to a person even for 2 months.

    A list of things that an organization can provide to downsized employees are : an EAP brochure, unemployment info, community health organizations-low cost health care, a list of free WiFi locations, and FAQ list of numbers in the organization-payroll, benefits, hr etc. and organizations that can assist them with their job search.

  2. In cases with restaurants and small businesses, I think allowing the employee to finish out the week would show some respect. I was told I was out of a job by my boss who also happened to be laid off. And, instead of letting me finish out the week, they brought in employees from another location they closed weeks before to fill the job.

    I am on unemployment now and did the leg work on my own, should I have expected more from the establishment?

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