Laying People Off in Adversity


There is a right way to lay someone off. If you aren’t doing it, then you’re not a leader.

In a talent-short economy, it’s best to face up to the tough decisions and align remaining staff. But most importantly, communicate clearly and treat people with dignity. HR should lead the way in building trust and helping displaced staff find new jobs. Communicate, communicate, communicate and maintain the morale of those who stay.

Firing someone via email on Friday is not leadership. Even though they’re leaving your company, it’s up to you to set the tone for someone’s next career choice.

As a leader, how are you handling layoffs?