The Hard Conversation When You’re Fired or Laid Off

The Hard Conversation When You’re Fired or Laid Off

You may be tempted to react emotionally, but this is an important business conversation for which you need to be wholly present.


Published on The Muse here!


One of the most shocking conversations you will ever have in your job is when your boss tells you that you’re done working for the company. Maybe it’s a layoff that completely blindsides you. Maybe it’s a performance-related issue that you were aware of.


No matter the cause, the actual event can be a total shocker. While getting fired and getting laid off may involve different things, it’s important to handle the situation professionally either way. And one way to do that is to prepare for it before it happens. So if you’re concerned at all about losing your job in the near future, this is well worth a read.


Layoff image w borderBecause as challenging as it may be to stay focused and present in the conversation, that’s your goal. It might be difficult to think of it as such, but this is an important business discussion. Think negotiating your severance or termination package.


Here are seven tips on how to handle yourself and what to say when you’re at a loss for words. Read all the details on The Muse here!


1. Stay Present and Manage Your Emotions


2. Keep Your Dignity


3. Get Your Stories Straight


4. Inquire About Getting Assistance Finding a New Role


5. Ask if You’re Allowed to Apply for Other Positions Internally


6. Take Care of You


7. Don’t Sign Anything


You’ll see that preparing for this type of conversation – no matter how remote you think the possibility might be – makes as much sense as preparing for an interview, asking for a raise, or any other kind of career-impacting conversation.

If you’re in a position where you believe you may be fired or laid off – for any reason – and need help preparing, let’s set up a call. Go here and book a Coaching Session with me on The Muse.

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