HR Insights

Navigating Layoff: From Thinking to Action with Strategic Planning (Part 1)

Layoffs are becoming a part of our daily life and are rarely welcome. The term layoff is not favorable for employers or employees but still, employers have to do it and employees have to accept it. The point is how you can save yourself from being laid off.

Stay informed about the company’s financial and operational performance, as well as industry trends, to understand the potential risks. Network with colleagues and superiors, and build strong relationships with them. Be proactive in finding ways to improve your skills and contribute to the company’s success. Be open to new opportunities and projects within the company, and be willing to take on new responsibilities.

Make sure your contributions and achievements are recognized by your superiors and peers. Continuously improve your skills and knowledge, look for opportunities to learn new things, and stay informed of industry trends. Be strategic in your job search if a layoff happens, look for job opportunities within the same industry or position, and set yourself up for success by networking and building your skills. Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile updated, just in case a layoff happens.

If you are in a position to help others during a layoff, there are several things you can do:

  1. Be empathetic: Listen to their concerns and feelings and provide emotional support.
  2. Provide information: Share any relevant information or resources you may have about job search, unemployment benefits, and other support services available to them.
  3. Connect them with a network: Use your own network to connect them with other professionals or potential job opportunities.
  4. Help them prepare for interviews: Offer to help them prepare for interviews by providing tips and practice questions.
  5. Help them to continue learning: Encourage them to continue learning and developing new skills, and to look out for opportunities where they can learn and grow.

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It’s important to remember that everyone handles layoffs differently and support should be tailored to their needs and preferences. It’s also important to be mindful of your own boundaries and not take on more than you can handle.