A rerelease of our guidance on how to conduct layoffs efficiently, with candor and compassion, which addresses problems related to headcount and budget reductions that you may now be facing as a manager because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We tackle a tough topic in this cast: Layoffs. We know it's not an upbeat topic, but it's highly likely you're going to be involved in one at some point.

Professional managers know how to conduct layoffs efficiently, with candor and compassion. While this is the first time we address the topic, this cast is second in order of the three we plan on the subject. One is on preparation- what you need to do in advance. This is for more senior managers, and those who will be in discussions with HR. Today we address what everyone always asks us about - How to Actually Lay Someone Off. What do I say in the conversation? How do I say it? How can I deliver this news effectively and compassionately? The final cast is how to communicate to everyone after the fact. It's an oft-ignored part of the process, but done well it can really help.

We break our recommendations down into three sections: Before, During, and After.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • How do I tell someone they've been laid off?
  • What I can I do to prepare to tell people they've been laid off?
  • What do I do after I've told someone they've been laid off?

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