|Sadly, we're talking about the other kind of pink slip.|
But, it is hard to argue that there aren't better and worse ways to break bad news. Countless layoff horror stories abound-- from IMs to being informed by security that you are just a "visitor" now and disabled network connections--suggesting that even the so-called smartest companies could use a little tutorial in how to break bad news with respect and tact.
1. Don’t spread layoffs over multiple rounds: Rounds of layoffs is a "horrible idea", says Calcanis, because it creates massive fear and uncertainty inside of your organization. 2. Lay people off in a group, not individually: Calcanis found that telling people one-by-one was not more humane. 3. Don’t sugarcoat the rationale: Be 100 percent honest and upfront about why you chose to keep some people and not others. 4. Cutting jobs is better than cutting salaries: Rather than angering everyone in the organization by hurting all of their bottom lines, cut a few salaries altogether and leave the people you want to keep as happy as possible. 5. Give severance even if you don't have to, and freelancer work, where you can: Be as generous as you can be, said Calcanis, and don't forget these people when you start hiring again. 6. Lay people off at the end of the day: No need to keep people around until the end of the day or week. When they're done, let them leave. 7. Get over it and get back to work: The reality is, everyone else needs to get back to work.
How about you? If you've ever been laid off, how do you think it could have been handled better?