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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Layoff vs resignation, does it matter on employee record?

I have been suspecting my employer (Ontario, Canada) will be laying off some employees. I did not consider myself safe due to some non-performance related factors. Therefore; I have been interviewing ...
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How do I keep this from becoming my specialty?

Background I got my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. While I was in school, I got an internship doing Instrument and Controls Systems engineering. I never planned to stay there, but when ...
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Why would a company prefer firing people to laying them off?

During the interview process with a company I once worked for, the company bragged about how they had never had to lay off anyone. This was a company that had been in business for decades and which ...
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Proactively preventing unfair dismissal/redundancy (UK)

A friend is currently in a dispute with her employer. She has not been accused of doing anything wrong so cannot be sacked without the employer leaving themselves open to unfair dismissal, and as ...
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Should I tell my colleague he might get fired? [closed]

I work in Germany, where a company can fire an employee at will in the first six months, but only for very good reasons afterwards. So the first six months are seen as a kind of probation period. In ...
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Leaving because of insecure job. Say it as it is in the interview? [duplicate]

Preface: I'm currently very satisfied with my job, and it's everything I wished for when I finished my Masters (4 years ago). Now, I'm considering applying for a new job, because my current company is ...
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I told a recent layoff victim that his job was safe. Now what?

Preface: I'm submitting this question for a friend. I got myself into an awkward situation last week. On Wednesday morning, while I was getting coffee, I had an impromptu conversation with Bob from ...
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What could it mean if I am asked to hand over most of my responsibilities and become a "free resource" at my company?

I have been the top performer in my team for three years and was promoted to manager. I have struggled a bit in terms of establishing authority for my new role and this has sometimes made my ...
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Made redundant from my first software development job, need guidance on how I should engage with potential employers

Today I received the unfortunate news that the project that I and two others had been working on has been cancelled due to lack of funding, and that our services are no longer required. I was a junior ...
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Laid off twice on a row. How can I put it in a good light? [closed]

I am a more or less young developer. However, due to a weird combination of bad luck, lack of opportunities, newbie's mistakes and questionable management I was laid off twice in a row. My first job ...
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under-1-year experiences in different industries - Explanation/Support for Strengths [duplicate]

I was an international student studying for Accounting in Canada and decided to stay while working. I am in my 20's (but faced no real age-discrimination) first position: small biz. Business/Tax ...
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What can I do to minimize my risk of being laid off?

The company I work for occasionally goes through rounds of layoffs. It has laid off a few team members last month and there is a general belief that more layoffs are coming. I would like to save my ...
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Arranging drinks with laid off coworkers in close-knit team

I work in a close-knit team of about 20 that just suffered layoffs. Some of the surviving employees and laid off employees are friends, and several survivors have suggested arranging drinks with the ...
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Why would a company blindside everyone during a layoff? [closed]

During a "downsizing" why wouldn't a companies give people 1-2 weeks notice beforehand so they have a chance to train other employees about what they were working on, say goodbye, etc? Severance pay ...
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My company wants everyone to obtain an IT certification in the next few months [closed]

The situation is as follows: The company I'm currently working at has been providing for a couple years now a "certification reward". Being an IT company it obviously values having certified ...
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How to benefit from being able to save my company from a disaster while being laid off cruelly [closed]

I'm seeking advice on how to handle a high risk opportunity. My employer recently had to do some layoffs due to changing the underlying technologies used for its products (ie: moving from C to C++, ...
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Morally, should I resign early to save someone else from being laid off? [closed]

I manage a team of 5, and my company needs to downsize it to 4. I have been planning to leave my job in a couple months time (moving overseas), but no one know this. Me leaving early would likely ...
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Resign or be fired having recently joined a company as a graduate?

I spent a summer working as an engineer for a cool company working on biotech. They liked me and wanted me to return after graduation, I even got a scholarship from them (which I would have to return ...
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How to deal with "paranoid redundancy syndrome"?

(Especially in a time of change in the workplace) what are ways of dealing with the 'paranoia' of being made redundant, that every meeting in the boss' office "must be" about people being fired / ...
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How to maintain/rebuild relationship and trust with offshore team when half of that team is cut?

Due to a variety of factors but mainly performance, my boss is releasing most of the offshore Indian contractors I work with. There are about a half dozen contractors there and myself, located in USA ...
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Doing Inefficient Work vs Eliminating Own Position

I recently started a position as the sole web designer/developer in a company with almost zero experience in the field, resulting in very little oversight or evaluation of my performance in regard to ...
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Is it ethical to exclude terminally ill employees from end-of-year layoffs? [closed]

Recently, we've heard a lot about Microsoft's stack ranking system and Yahoo's "Quarterly Performance Review" system. My Question: Is it ethical for companies to exclude terminally ill employees ...
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Company is letting me go because they are closing, but they are still operating? [closed]

My previous company stated that they are closing as they could not pay their creditors and as a result I was told I no longer work there. Since then, the company is still operating and providing ...
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How to talk to a superior abour your concerns with recent mass resignations

The company I work for (as a contractor) was recently acquired by a larger company. This has led to mass resignations from people that have been working here for many years (and in some cases decades)....
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What are typical policies and laws regarding getting fired because of getting arrested? [closed]

This is more out of curiosity driven by a conversation with some friends than practicality, but I'm wondering now. I'm talking about being employed in the USA now. Let's assume in this hypothetical ...
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Look for a job while waiting to be laid off

So we've been informed that there will be a massive round of layoffs in a few months and that management still hasn't decided on who to lay off. I'm guessing that the chances of me being laid off are ...
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How to share the risk of financial status with my team

the CEO told me that the company is suffering of a cash-flow problem and the board of the company has asked him to layoff and close the department that i manage and outsource the tasks of our ...
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How to deal with understanding the reason behind a layoff and capturing unsaid signs / issues that could have been a reason for the same

I have been laid off, and I am really trying to understand the reasons / reasoning behind it. Below is the context: We knew before hand that our company is going to do the process of layoffs. As a ...
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Questions about layoffs [closed]

I work in the bay area as a software developer and my company is laying off people: If I am laid off how much time is given to consider the severance package? My friend said that it will be an hour ...
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Is negotiating a severance package that includes my signing a NDA OK? [closed]

I've worked for my company for just under 10 years and until about the last year I would say it has always been pleasant and all levels of management have been open. Over the last few years the ...
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The company is probably dying. What should I expect and how can I prepare? [closed]

The numbers are looking bad. People are leaving voluntarily and involuntarily. What I hear down the grapevine does not bode well. There's a real chance that in the next few months to a year my ...
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Laid off 3 months into first job out of college. How to present this to prospective employers?

I graduated from college with a Bachelor's recently. I had already lined up a job at a small-ish web developer, which I started at shortly after graduation. However, the week before I started, the CEO ...
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Management communication while monopolies and mergers commission decision pending? [closed]

My company has been bought by a company who recently bought our largest competitor also. The acquisition has been sent to the UK Monopolies and mergers commission. So they need the OK from them ...
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How can I professionally resolve this conflict with my former employer?

As framing material, I work in a city that might as well be called 'Farmersville' -- very rural focused, despite technically being a city. Farmlands all over the place. As such, it's not exactly the ...
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How to find out if my job is at risk of redundancy

We got hit with another wave of layoffs. Typical - comes Friday morning the boss calls everyone that still have a job to the conference room and give the news. However there is no assurance that there ...
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Why do companies fire and hire in parallel? [closed]

I've seen a couple of cases where companies lay off entire divisions because of corporate restructuring, legacy (or older) technology, etc. But at the same time they hire outsiders. Instead of ...
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Should I tell my employer I'm pregnant during redundancies?

I'm newly pregnant, and my workplace is a large government department with some fairly generous paid maternity leave conditions. They're also currently doing redundancies. I would prefer to tell my ...
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Filing for benefits under the Trade Act [closed]

In the US workers who lose their jobs because the work went overseas may be eligible for benefits under the Trade Act. There were substantial changes to the act effective January 1, 2014. Prior to ...
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If I did a good job delegating all my work to a team I built, and there is no work left, am I redundant?

I have been commended for doing a good job building a team and I currently have absolutely zero hands-on work. I also believe the team is doing very well on their own and need minimal supervision. Or ...
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Deciding how many people to lay off, assuming attrition will follow

From what I've seen in the US high-tech sector, unless the job market is absolutely brutal, a layoff will be followed by more people leaving on their own in the next few months. Are there rules of ...
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My company has now been acquired by new company - how do I know if they will keep me?

A month ago our company, in Canada, officially became acquired by another company. My previous company had at the time filed for bankruptcy protection. The day we were told the official news that the ...
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Redundant position refilled

The company I worked for in the hospitality sector was taken over and I worked for the new owners for 3 months until the premises closed for refurbishment. On the last day I was informed my position ...
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Past employer actively sabotaging my colleague's job search efforts?

I am listed as a reference for a former colleague (let's call him Bob). When working together at a past job (small company that had some financial troubles), Bob was unexpectedly let go for reasons ...
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Should I inform my manager about a potential job offer when the company is planning layoffs?

My company has recently begun a restructuring process which will eliminate 1 of the individuals in the same/similar role as me. Even before this announcement I have started looking for another job. My ...
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How to get hired again at a company that laid you off or let you go? [closed]

What are the best conditions and best steps one can take to successfully apply again for a role in a company that previously laid you off or let you go (for whatever reason)? I am asking because it ...
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How to motivate a team when everyone is paranoid about layoffs?

More than half of my team has been made redundant already, as have several other teams throughout the company. This is not due to financial reasons (we are very successful!) but there are some rumours ...
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Layoff aftershocks [closed]

Just survived a big layoff. Big in the sense of half the company is gone from one day to the next. What signs should I be looking for if they are not done yet? For example at the moment I have not ...
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How to be valuable when automation & IT are stealing my job (and maybe my whole career)? [closed]

I am a non-IT employee, graduated in business studies, and work in a field related to customer relationship management. I have grown in this field during the past five years since completing my ...
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Should mass-layoffs be mentioned on one's resume?

In this question about gaps in employment one answer suggested mentioning on your resume if you were part of a mass-layoff: being part of a large layoff should be noted in the resume. If your ...
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Is it okay to ask my manager if I'm about to get laid off?

There has been a rumor lately about a massive round of layoffs at my company. Some other company in a neighbor city has just opened a spot for a programmer and I could apply there. If I do though, my ...