Questions tagged [layoff]

Questions related to the ending of employment that is not "for cause" but due to financial or organisational reasons such as downsizing or positions being eliminated or outsourcing. Contrast with firing/termination which is typically due to performance reasons.

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How to respectfully decline offer from previous employer

My previous employer wants me to come work for them again. I was let go because of the pandemic, but I think the real reason I was let go is because my line manager had issues with my communication, ...
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Polite way to ask if senior management will screw me over?

Summary: Senior engineer left after being lied to by the management. Soon I might be approached to fill the role. How can I ensure same bad things won't happen to me? I'm working for a division of a ...
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Former Coworkers Keep Sending Me Small Requests for Tech Help, How to Respond?

I worked for two years at a themed entertainment company as a designer/developer. I worked on a lot of complicated projects using custom electronics and/or microcontroller firmware. I did my best to ...
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What should I do if HR doesn't know about a planned layoff?

I was told by the head of my department that I would be laid off in approximately a month. This was not surprising; the company has been struggling for a long time. I was asked to keep it secret from ...
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Should I reconsider job offer after redundancy

I’ll try to explain my situation as breed as possible. I’m currently an apprentice software developer. I was made redundant via phone call early November. It was for me a complete surprise as the ...
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Getting laid off soon with a new job offer. Take severance pay?

I know I will be laid off in a couple weeks (with severance pay). I have another job offer, and they don't know I will be laid off soon. Is there a downside to push my start date to after getting laid ...
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Position redundant, new role same wage but salaried [closed]

Our company is unfortunately taking the decision to make redundancy across there workforce... I am one who is being affected, currently in consultation.. they are axing 2 main manager roles at site ...
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Should I talk confidentially to HR about my unattainable sales goals

Summary: Should I discreetly discuss with HR how I don't believe I - or anyone - will be successful in my position at our company? I work at a large multinational in an industrial B2B role as BDM for ...
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No true reason for dismissal; how can I find out? [closed]

I was recently formally laid off from an employment position with the reason being that the company did not capitalize enough on my employment. The boss said that he really appreciated my skills and ...
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After company restructuring. how could I assert the type of role I want without risking redundancy?

Question: I have already made it clear verbally what I want in my career and asked to speak in a few weeks' time to discuss this. Apart from job hunting elsewhere, is there anything else I can do?
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Redundancy for transitioning from employee to contractor

I am currently a web developer for an Australian company, in a full time salaried position. Due to COVID we have much less work, and redundancies are expected. My manager has been put under pressure ...
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Laid off and can't find job [closed]

Discovered myself in situation I did not anticipate. I worked as embedded, constrained system developer for about decade and a half, to be blunt I got laid off and can't find job. I do not know what ...
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How to prepare team for layoff?

Our team consists of about 15 developers, we basically act as in house dev ops and think tank for our company. Our performance was fine until recently, but slowly it started to decline, and so did ...
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Starting anew after redundancy

Good morning. I have just been made redundant. All was done by the book, however the company has no funds for severance. We are to get our Redundancy / Holiday and Notice period pay via National ...
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Asking for a raise after layoffs

I work as a software engineer at a media company in New York. Last October I was promoted from senior engineer to a more managerial role. The new role has a good deal more responsibility, including ...
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Among the first ones to be laid off temporarily due to lack of projects. Should I ask my manager for explanation? Is it time to find another job?

I was laid off temporarily (3 months) due to lack of projects in our department. However, what is concerning for me is that only 4 out of 45 people were laid off in our department and I was one of ...
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Is seniority a legal parameter when there are layoffs in Germany?

In an answer to a recent question, it was stated that (...) unless you are in Germany or a country with similarly rigid firing order Is there a legally binding mechanism which takes the seniority ...
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How should I explain volunteering for future layoffs in interviews?

I got wind that my boss was going to need to reduce his headcount by 1 (technically three, but there were two open positions). I volunteered as all four of my co-workers just had kids in the past year ...
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Motivating employees to prevent downsizing

My district manager has informed me that one of the regional offices may be closing with one possibility being the office that I manage. Final decisions as to which office is closed will be based on ...
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Is internal transfer safe during a layoff?

I am a software developer for a team that I have been in for many years. I like the job well enough (most days) and am highly-respected, but the current management is very poor and I'm not being ...
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I got offered a retention bonus after verbally agreeing to another job

My employer is reorganising the department I'm working for. This came as a surprise to everyone including me. They'll be shuttering an entire line of business, which I am part of, but are focussing ...
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How does health coverage work after being laid off? [closed]

I recently got laid off from my job in the USA like many other people. I have had health insurance coverage through my employer, and so I called my insurance today to ask for a loss of coverage letter....
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Networking referral not answering email after a week

I am a graphic designer who was recently laid off last month, along with all my other coworkers and bosses at a small regional newspaper. The publisher just decided to close it, but it came as a shock ...
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Conditions for accepting a pay cut instead of being laid off with severance

I work in a Canadian office for a large US-based company that has several offices throughout the US and Canada. Senior management in the US has already been forced to take cuts, and Canadian managers ...
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My company furloughed people and instituted pay cuts. Time to leave?

In the wake of the pandemic my company lost a lot of its business and clients, and revenue is down by over 60%. People were furloughed (and some in the overseas office were fired), and mandatory 15% ...
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Being made redundant after/during furloughed?

If you are made redundant after being put on Furlough, are you entitled to the usual notice period (contractually 3 months in this case), and on full pay (as opposed to the 80% whilst Furloughed)? Is ...
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Company asking to resign with two months basic pay amidst COVID situation

I am in weird situation. I work in Indian IT company which has around 3000 employees. I am not on any projects for couple of months now. And now I have started to work from home due to COVID-19. (When ...
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Reinstating a Terminated Employee

Can an employer terminate an employee or ask him to resign as an apparent disciplinary action with a hidden intention to reinstate him by overturning their termination or resignation afterwards before ...
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Offered 50% pay cut or redundancy due to coronavirus. What are my options?

My employer's main clients are unable to pay their bills to us, as they cannot work at this time. Therefore my boss is offering me 50% wages until the coronavirus goes away (technically for part time ...
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Can layoffs have a positive effect for a business due to the remaining employees thinking “If I don't work harder, I may be the next”?

Letting go of an unqualified member is unavoidable sometimes. But my question is not about that. My situation is when the business is not thriving and my employer has to layoff people, anyone who is ...
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How can I address and prepare for potential layoffs?

Last week the organization I work for announced they would laying off 200+ positions (which is 6% of the workforce). Some employees have already received lay off notices while others haven't heard ...
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What is the rationale of announcing company restructuring months or even years before it actually happens?

I am working for a IT shared services company that belongs to a large group that operates in Europe and Asia. As I see it the whole group suffered a slight business decline and was forced to shrink (...
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Should I tell potential employers and recruiters that I'm being made redundant?

I've recently been told by my employer that I'm going to be made redundant because there isn't enough money left in the business. When I'm speaking to recruiters for new jobs, will it hurt my ...
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What are some strategies to maintain morale and productivity after massive layoffs?

In what was perhaps a textbook example of bad optics, our company announced layoffs recently. To make things worse, the environment was such that many of us were personal friends as well as colleagues....
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Layoffs are coming at my company. I want to volunteer instead of a co-worker. Problem is, I am not supposed to know

About a week ago, I learned that my company was going to have imminent layoffs (think 2-3 weeks) through a friend in HR. It’s not a surgical thing but more of a cost slashing exercise. Hiring freeze ...
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Can I request garden leave when I've been given 3 months notice with little reason?

I work in the UK in the hospitality sector. I have been told that there isn't enough revenue coming into the company to facilitate the salary for my role anymore and I have been given 3 months notice (...
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Is the truthful description of an employer's bad acts considered disparagement?

An old colleague's company has gone through a round of lay-offs. As part of the severance agreement, they have been asked to sign a non-disparagement clause. I know that non-disparagement is broader ...
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Should one stay in a software development company having considerable attrition level [closed]

I am working for a private software development company where there is a staff of roughly 100 odd people. Recently the management changed, as in old managers left and new managers have joined the ...
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What does “x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company” mean?

What does it exactly mean when company broadcasts x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company? Does it mean the employee is resigned or does it mean he got fired? Note that I have recently got my ...
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Employer masquerading as recruiter to decide which employees to lay off

I work in the Canada office (Ontario) of a large US tech firm. The firm has had a few lackluster quarters, and appears to be preparing for a few rounds of layoffs. My company, AwefulCorp Inc. (made ...
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How much transparency about runway should I expect from startup employer?

I work for a startup as a senior s/w developer (2 years). The company recently made some people redundant and re-focused on a smaller product set because of lack of investment. As part of a "get ...
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Stop engineer from planning “bully projects”

I work for a enginering company where a few senior engineers got into a large fight that caused a lot of concern. The more senior engineer "stone walled" the not as senior engineer apparently, and the ...
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Is it legal/fair to have probationary period in redundancy role reapplication scenario?

Is it fair/legal to for an employer to add probationary period in restructuring/redundancy scenario, wherein they require employee to apply for restructured positions in same department with exactly ...
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How to approach recruiters when on garden leave

I work in Japan and I've been put on garden leave 3 months ago so company gan get rid of me. This might continue for an extra 6 months (I shall decide), then I will be actually jobless (and maybe ...
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Junior peer (I'm a senior but not a 'line manager') who's continually convinced that we're all about to be laid off etc and keeps voicing it

My team/role: I'm part of a team of 6 (1 senior (myself) 3 'standard' and 2 junior/trainee) that would broadly be described as "data analysts" and we report to a 'Analytics Manager'. Our everyday ...
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How to ask manager if I am about to be laid off? [duplicate]

My company has many offices in USA and the rest of the world. Many teams or individuals work partly or fully remotely in this company. Many people have quit the company over the last few years and ...
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If & How to suggest for reduced hours in planned organisational redundancy situation?

I am facing a redundancy & restructuring. Having worked for 7 years in a Permanent position, in a small organisation in Insurance industry. Now, my organisation is restructuring the our team of 5 ...
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Probably terminated or laid off soon; confront or not?

TL;DR: Saw some stuff that seems to mean I'll be soon laid-off; confront them about the fact I saw it or wait for the other shoe to drop? Put in effort at current place, or on interviewing? To stave ...
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After being made redundant after only 2 months, how should I deal with that period in my applications/CV?

I'm a recent Comp Sci graduate and have been working as a software engineer for the last two months. I've just been made redundant (laid off) due to company cut-backs. I'm unsure of how I should ...
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Fraudulent activity by the Accountant at a previous employer, who was involved in redundancies [closed]

Some years ago, I began work for a small company, where the accountant played quite an active role in management. She would visit once a month for a few days, to 'do the books', during which time the ...