Everything you need to know about layoffs at your company, being laid off, severance, negotiations, and what to expect when your employer is cutting staff.

I feel terrible about having to lay off my staff

The idea of work is stressful as hell right now. People are worried about how to keep their jobs or find new ways to replace the income they’ve lost. For some people, workloads are way too high and for others worryingly low. Video calls are regularly being hijacked by kids and half-clad spouses, or worse, […]

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you should contact your laid-off coworkers

A reader writes: I wanted to reach out in regards to your advice to the letter-writer asking about collecting cash for a laid-off coworker with an additional tip. I was laid off last week from my job due to the economic impact of coronovirus on our company. I worked at a nonprofit that relies on […]

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none of my coworkers have contacted me after my layoff

A reader writes: I was laid off a few months ago. My position was eliminated after reorganization, so it wasn’t due to any performance issues. In the weeks that followed, of the 200+ people in the company, three former coworkers emailed to ask how I was doing. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely grateful […]

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should I tip off my coworker that he’s getting laid off?

A reader writes: The company I work for is significantly off budget, and I have known for about a week that a particular manager (who’s basically a peer) is being considered for layoff as the company is looking to make major cuts. I was brought into the conversation because of the effect his separation will […]

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I was laid off but my employer asked me to keep working

A reader writes: I found out last week that I am being laid off from my job. It was the nicest layoff I could have asked for though, despite the circumstance – I saw it coming as my manager and I have been discussing growth opportunities here, but in a company that’s downsizing and only […]

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did my employer mishandle my layoff?

A reader writes: I was planning on quitting my nonprofit job because during my evaluation my manager criticized me for taking lunch breaks out of the office, ignoring her emails to my personal address after hours, and not working 50 to 60 hour weeks (without overtime pay). Instead, I was gratefully laid off with 30 […]

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