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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 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 ...
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Redundancies, but told you will be ok by the CEO (UK)

My friend's company is making redundancies but she has been told by the CEO when he was on a visit to their office, that she (and her entire satellite office) will be OK however 50% of them are on ...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

I'm asking about companies'/managers' reasoning in general, rather than about the policy of a specific company. This is something I've come across a number of times, in/about various different ...
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Appearing in Linkedin searches by current employer. Getting layed off? [closed]

I work in a small company and the job I do is for one person. Sometimes I might not even have enough work. So I do not think theres a need for more than one person at these tasks. For the last month ...
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Why would I want a 'Exit Incentive' as part of a promotion?

I'm being offered a promotion, with a modest pay-rise and a change in terms, and my boss is really excited and happy to announce that as part of the promotion I get the added bonus of eligibility for ...
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How to deal with a manager who lies and hides information? [closed]

I work for a very large company in USA. Some of us are allowed to work remotely sometimes or always. A few months after starting my job, I saw evidence that my manager praised me in front of me, but ...
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I will be laid off months in the future - stay until the end with severance package or jump now - how will it be perceived in the future?

Hypothetical as things stand now, but it has happened to me in the past and I didn't find a good Q&A already on here. Scenario: Due to business conditions (cost cutting), a change in direction by ...
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Client Etiquette after Layoff

I was part of a layoff that impacted about a dozen people at my company. Some of my former clients have reached out just to say they heard I left and wanted to say goodbye. I would like to make it ...
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How to explain being laid off to next employer, so HR does not contact my ex-employer?

I got laid off 4 month ago due to the economical reasons of the company. In my cancellation contract, it is clearly mentioned that: I am being layoff due to the restructuring of Employer ...
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Is job contract ending similar to being laid off? [closed]

I've been working on a contract for over a year and lately the amount of work available has decreased. I have been paying into unemployment through my contracting company. If the contracting company ...
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Better to leave or be made redundant?

I have been working at my company (in the UK) for over a year but less than 24 months and I understand this affects my current rights regarding being made redundant. Lately I've gotten the impression ...
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Got laid off after a month without a clear reason - how do I explain this on my resume/in upcoming interviews?

I started a job in January as a Project Coordinator for an electrical company. When I was hired, the position was advertised as "Admin Assistant", but after I was hired, the owner of the company said ...
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Re-structure, job eliminated

My position was eliminated due to a "restructure" moving a position from a Development/Fundraising department, to the Business Office. Within a year, they hired someone new in the Development/...
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Emergency Job Searching Techniques

I was laid off unexpectedly last Thursday. The company for which I worked was acquired (I didn't even know this was in the works, and it sounds like most others didn't either), and the acquisition ...
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Requesting a lay off after being chosen to stay during a big company lay off?

I work in software engineering in the West Coast of the United States and I am a part of a dev team of about 45 full-time people. Recently, 30 of those people got laid off. Those 30 people will ...
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UK - Being Made Redundant and coming back as a Contractor

Backgound I currently work in the Southcoast in the UK for my employer. They are shutting our site (my contracted place of work) and making the whole workforce redundant and moving the site to Oxford....
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How can I approach my company after being made redundant, when contract mentions that they will do their best to find a new employer?

My contract mentions that my employer will do their best to find a 'new employer' (in particular their partner companies) if I were to be made redundant. I have found out today that I have been made ...
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Are my fears about an internal offer during a redundancy process justified? [closed]

A couple of weeks ago, I was told my entire team was being made redundant. One member was being moved sideways into a different department, two long-term contractors had their terms terminated, ...
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When to give notice if leaving complex role to begin grad school? [duplicate]

I've had a job for a few years now but want to leave it to begin graduate studies. When's best to give notice? I don't think the traditional wisdom of "2 weeks notice" makes sense in this case because ...
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Asking for letters of recommendation when being laid off [closed]

My position was eliminated due to corporate restructuring. Multiple people were affected. When I asked my boss & manager for letters of recommendation, both of them told me they were not allowed ...
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Are these requests common before redundancy?

As background, I previously worked in a development role at my current company. A new development role was created last year to solve a set of perceived issues in one of our workflows - due to my ...
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Colleague on a different tech-stack has been made redundant, is it wrong to speak to boss about training? [closed]

I recently discovered that a colleague is being made redundant. I do not speak often with this person but I have always felt sympathy because he is the sole developer on a different technology stack, ...
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Being made redundant, but asked to do contract work after finishing — how should I negotiate my contracting rate?

I was recently given notice that I am being made redundant- basically because my employer is losing one of their main clients- and am set to finish working at the end of this week. I don't have ...
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Being made redundant- is it appropriate to ask for compensation?

I have been in my current Software Developer role for just over a year. The company is a small one- 7 employees in total, 5 full time & 2 part time. Yesterday, the owner/ director asked to speak ...
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Handling a possible distant layoff while accruing pension

I'm currently working in Ontario as a software developer for a regional government-funded organization which has a contract with a health-care vendor. Long-story short, it's this contract with the ...
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Are new redundancies added to a currently ongoing collective redundancy consultation?

Acme Corp is currently going through a collective redundancy of more than 100 people from its research and development teams, who help design and make food produce. They are about 30 days into the 45-...
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How to address being dismissed from a job in a very abrupt and rude way for no reason? [closed]

A friend of mine was recently laid off from a contracting gig. It was made clear from the beginning when he was first offered the role that it was a "high risk" position in the sense that both the ...
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Colleague facing redundancy has asked me to accompany her to HR meeting

The place where I work is currently making redundancies. Cuts are being made and 20 people are at risk of losing their jobs. I'm not at risk but my colleague is and she's been invited to a meeting ...
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Should I tell my prospective employer I’m going back to school ?

I was laid off 5 months back and I just got a job offer yesterday. It’s a contract position for 1 yr and the contract details have not yet been mailed to me. The problem is that I’m going back to ...
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Redundancy payment in form of sign-on bonus from new company

I am in the process of being made redundant by the company I work for (UK). There's a legal consultation period that the company has to go through, for both parties (the employer and employees) to ...
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Owner firing staff due to their politics: how to salvage the situation? [closed]

So I work for a small financial technology business in the UK, not quite startup size but close. We have a dozen staff on site and usually 5-10 remote contractors working for us. There isn't really a ...
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Would multiple “layoffs” over a short period be detrimental to one's career?

I have been "laid off" 3 times during the past 4 years. "Laid off" is in quotes due to the circumstances making it hard to tell if it can be called a layoff or not. First "layoff" was me getting ...
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What's an appropriate way to find out from a potential employer how often pay rises and layoffs occur?

Someone I know (went to the same university and friends on Facebook, haven't talked to them in almost three years now) works at the company I've applied for and this company has given me an offer. It ...
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Overlap in positions during layoff transitions

My current position is at a large-ish company that has a well-defined process for laying off or re-allocating employees when a project is terminated. This process is called "reassignment" and it works ...
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Is it OK to say real reason of Laying off to new Recruiter? [duplicate]

I am working as System Analyst in small scale company but my company lay off many of its employees, including me, because some clients left the company. Now I have started hunting for jobs, but if ...
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My manager tells me i have HR meeting tomorrow [closed]

I work at one of the big 5 Canadian banks in technology. My manager told me to come with him to a private room and he tells me I have a HR meeting tomorrow Thursday (payday) at 1pm. I ask him what it ...
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being laid off from internship because of international family emergency

How do I explain being laid off because my father in law was dying? He lived in India and I had to go over there and be part of the prayers and everything that lasts about 1 month. I told my ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

I was recently told by my manager that one of my coworkers (call him Steve) will be fired in a few weeks, as his last reviews were found unsatisfactory. My manager also told me to "inquire and ...
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Change employment contracts due to relocation

Our organisation is planning a a restructure that will involve relocating some staff to other sites, as well as outsourcing a major function to a sub-contractor. I have been asked to: Summarise how ...
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Boss thinks I'm incompetent, and I really am, but I want to keep this job [closed]

CONTEXT: I work as a software developer in a very small company (10 people, we all work on the same floor) that specializes in open-source software. I'm on a trial period that is supposed to end in ...
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What is the difference between being fired and being laid off?

This may be seemingly obvious question, but I can't quite grasp the difference, and I also haven't found a satisfying answer. Is it something like when you get laid off you still get to work for a ...