Employee layoffs can and should be a difficult task for an organization. You may have to let employees go that may have worked for the company for years. The decision to lay off workers should never be made lightly. While the process of handling layoffs is clearly outlined in federal and state laws, your top priority should be the employee’s dignity. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the process is as effective and supportive for your employees as possible.
Employee Layoffs Communicated With Empathy
The financial and structural necessity for employee layoffs may have you stressed and distracted. However, it is essential to remember that your employees are people facing a stressful situation as well.
Give Team Members Advance Notice
Before layoffs begin, take the time to talk to your staff. Let your team members know that layoffs may occur and the reasons why. If the company is struggling, your employees deserve to know before potential layoffs.
Conduct Layoffs Individually and Privately
When layoffs begin, treat each employee dismissed with dignity and respect. Ensure that you discuss the layoff in person and make the meeting private.
Be Clear and Supportive
Be prepared with the resources and support they need. If the layoffs are temporary, make sure your employee understands the process and their job prospects with the business moving forward. For employees who will not be returning, provide information, resources, feedback. Also, provide references to employees to help them as they move forward in their job search.
Support Your HR Teams
Employee layoffs can be an overwhelming time for your Human Resources department, and the effects of that could potentially spill over to the recently laid-off employees. The impact of job loss is stressful, and your employees may need more support and information than your HR team can handle.
If your company is dealing with large-scale layoffs, create a dedicated online portal or website with resources and information for impacted employees. Provide as much information as you can in writing so that laid off workers can review the materials at home. This allows your HR team to work more efficiently.
Finally, recognize that employee layoffs can be one of the most difficult times for your company. Also, recognize that it is also an opportunity to demonstrate your sensitivity, professionalism, and the company values that epitomize your brand.