How Prepared Are You To Get Laid Off?

How Prepared Are You To Get Laid Off?

I was having coffee with some friends the other day and I sat there and listened to each one of them talk about the layoffs that were coming this week that they needed to deal with. The alarming piece of the conversation was they all worked for different companies and yet every single one was going to experience a down-size this week. Of course, the obvious question I asked them all was “Are you safe?” The answers ranged from: “I don’t know” to “Maybe on this one but probably not the next one”. Layoffs are a part of business but in struggling industries it is becoming the norm as companies try to get leaner and more efficient when business is not good. It is a scary corporate culture when everyone knows that there will be large personnel changes every year or perhaps every quarter. How prepared are you to get laid off? Most of you who work for someone else can’t say your jobs are 100% secure and therefore the potential of getting laid off needs to be somewhere on your radar. Before it was the unthinkable. A company wouldn’t get rid of smart, hard-working, productive, loyal and passionate employees. Oh yes they would! Being laid off for non-performance reasons is a killer and that much harder to swallow but the reality is it happens and it happens all the time. It is tough to not take it personally but you can’t. But what you can do is be pro-active in preparing for that moment if it was ever to come. This is not about constantly stressing and looking...