Site icon Justine Froelker

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.

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