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letting people go via email is not okay

Last night at dinner, I was telling Chad about some of the tweets I read about people getting let go in the Google layoff.

Although I’ve never been in the role of having to let people go, I have sat with many clients throughout my years as a therapist as they navigated one of the most stressful life events anyone endures.

I can imagine (this is part of the empathy skillset) what it is like to work for a company for 16 years (any amount of time, really) and to lose connection to my accounts and then get the email saying I am one of the many being laid off.

I don’t care how big the layoff is or how big your organization is; letting people go via email is not okay.

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No eye contact, no presence, no empathy.
No care.

We are humans with families, aging parents, bills, dreams, and full, complicated stories. We spend more time awake at work than we do with the people who love us the most. Of course, losing a job probably always sucks ??? when we choose to see one another, walk alongside one another, and care, it can suck a little less.

Side note: As traumatic as job loss always is, with time, work, perspective, and healing, it will be okay. Hell, it will be better than okay, I promise.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.


  • February 16, 2023

    Yes absolutely. Companies keep telling employees that we are all like one big “family” but yet they will let someone go in such a heartless manor. No time for proper goodbyes or anything


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