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I would prefer a simpler approach. Ask for a 20 to 30% raise. Make sure HR is aware of your request. That should be enough to get you on the list. Also, I agree with Selbie. You should tell your friend about the incoming layoff. Better he prepares himself for the worse just in case. Nothing, you can do, can really guarantee 100% that your friend will be ...


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the remaining ones will work hard in fear that if I don't work harder I may be the next Much more likely that the remaining ones will think "better jump, before I get pushed". And, the best of them will find it easiest to find new jobs with other companies. That's the way that it normally plays out when redundancies start. Add the knowledge that the ...


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You can trust Parkinson's Law (work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion) to provide more work for you. You don't know what that work might be, but if your bosses see you as competent, capable and trust worthy, you have nothing to worry about. If you can automate the mundane stuff, that just frees you up to do more interesting things....


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I want to volunteer instead of a co-worker You can't. During a layoff the people to be laid off are selected by a set of criteria that makes sense to the business in its current (difficult) situation and typically you have an ordered list of names. You can certainly quit or volunteer once it's public knowledge, but you will only "save" the person that's ...


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With the clarification in the comments that you've already confirmed the layoffs with your boss and offered to quit to save them the problem simply because it would impact you least of your coworkers, honestly, I can't think of a better "why I left" way to spin this whole thing because what you did it exactly right. You didn't jump the gun on the ...


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It's challenging to speculate about why particular decisions are made, even if you're able to observe directly - so, as a potential frame-challenge to your question, it's worth considering that you may not be correctly attributing a given decision to the right factors. But generally, there are lots of reasons why management might make these decisions: ...


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What should I do to rehabilitate my reputation? First off, you should apologize to Bob. Without intending to, you misled him and falsely raised his hopes. Something like "Bob, I'm truly sorry. I thought I knew the list and was just trying to be reassuring. Turns out I didn't know the real list and I should have kept quiet. I know this was painful to you, ...


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Update your resume and look for another job. No matter the reason, you've been put in the bottom 10% of employees, and deemed to be expendable. If it's not by department, not by project, or anything else you can point to, then the reason is you. WHY the reason is you is irrelevant. If you ask for an explanation, you will just get some managerial nonsense ...


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Damn, that's a really crappy situation for both you and "Steve" As I think you've already concluded warning him is not a smart move, as ruthless as it sounds you need to look out for yourself. Sure him having some notice and being able to prepare would help him out a bit since he could get a jump on the job hunt but that's not really worth potentially ...


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It's more than perfectly reasonable, it's crucial, to ask for a much higher rate than you were receiving when you were employed because your previous employer will no longer have to pay costs and fees associated with having you as an employee. That cost will now go onto you. There are numerous articles and strategic videos out there on how to target your ...


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It means exactly what it says, anything more is speculation, especially when you consider the actual reason behind the departure and not simply its fact or mechanism. Perhaps there are mutual friends among co-workers who could put you in touch if you ask quietly. Or see if you can find them on something like Linkedin or another social network that seems ...


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I think you should double down on effort AND interview for other roles. I was once put on a PIP, it was shocking at the time and I didn't totally agree with it but I realised it wasn't totally unfair. My solution was for the next three months I worked my butt off to improve and impressed the management enough I was able to hand in my notice on the same day ...


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You seem to be thinking of this from a very cold perspective. That's probably a good way to get into the "mind" of a corporation, but since the decision-makers are actual people they may not respond quite that way. For example, your point on morale suggests that morale would be higher with larger and more intense layoffs than with smaller, less aggressive ...


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Another lesson I learned in life is that a company that will do that to a fellow employee will do that to you. Update your resume and be ready to move. This is an awful position to be in. Don't warn him "officially" as this will only bite you hard later, but if a few things start happening that are beyond your control like meetings being scheduled without ...


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The company has no business being interested in what you do in your spare time. As long as you keep this outside of work hours, there isn't really much they can do to stop you. However in the interests of not appearing to be in open rebellion against the company you should probably keep this relatively discreet, by which I mean don't put up posters ...


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The situation you're describing is tough. Layoffs have a very real impact on both the individuals that are let go and those that remain. I'm sorry you're experiencing this. Here are some things to consider that may help you and your colleagues cope with the added stress and emotions following a layoff: Acknowledge the layoff and the feelings of your ...


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This is not a decision you want to spend a long time contemplating: the longer you take to act the more suspicious it will look when you eventually come forward. I really see three options: 1. Honesty In this situation you are - somewhat - putting yourself at this company's mercy, and also counting on their generosity, which may be ... silly. You go to ...


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Being fired is reserved for individual personnel issues: performance, behavior, etc. This would be targeted at a single individual. Being laid off is when the company is having financial issues and needs to remove costs. This is almost never just a single individual losing their job or the suspicion would be that it's actually a firing. Note that financial ...


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I suppose, theoretically, a terribly short-sighted organization might potentially see a manager with little to do in this situation and consider laying that person off. But that would be exceptionally rare. And quite stupid. Companies are generally not in the business of laying off people with a proven record of being able to create successful self-...


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Speaking broadly, the professional behavior is to: not repeat rumors not create rumors by default assume the agreements are still valid, proceed as planned ask management for clarification, e.g. is X still the agreement? when unclear check your contract for exit conditions to know the worse case scenario in time of uncertainty increase rate of savings ...


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That question made me think of what Joel "Joel on Software" Spolsky (who also served in the Israeli army) wrote about "The Command and Control Management Method": "Soldiers should fear their officers more than all the dangers to which they are exposed…. Good will can never induce the common soldier to stand up to such dangers; he will only do so through ...


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Rarely if ever will an employer give a direct, honest & unwavering answer to this question. Either because they can't/don't want to show their hand, or because they honestly don't know. Or the answer they give today could change tomorrow. I have a former colleague who was told by a trusted source on one day that "no layoffs are coming." 2 days later, we ...


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Setting aside the personal issues with knowing a coworker will soon be terminated (which may be troubling but really is none of your business), there is a bigger management problem here that needs to be addressed (and can coincidentally fix your dilemma as well). The Root Problem Based on the scenario you are describing, it seems clear there is ...


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This is a very real phenomenon. The people who are laid off receive a shock, of course, and may be upset at first, but they go on to something new and hopefully exciting. You on the other hand still have the worry hanging over you, you miss your friends, you did not get new replacement friends, and in some cases you are also being asked to do more work (...


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With ~500 people getting laid off it sounds like there is enough room for both of you on the cut list so I'm not quite sure there's a way to volunteer yourself in your colleague's stead. Your real question boils down to: How do I help my colleague avoid being laid off? Quite frankly it's noble, but the answer is you're asking too little too late. Unless ...


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Cancelling is easy. You call the person who set up the interview (phone is better than email unless most of the interview arrangements were done by email) and say "Thanks very much for your invitation, but my circumstances have changed and I'm no longer interested in interviewing for this position right now". Don't worry, your recruiter has this happen all ...


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What's your duty? Give it to them - if they want it. As a paid employee, you have a fiduciary duty to provide them with this code that belongs to them in the first place. You should not even begin to consider other alternatives. It's theirs. They pay you. Give it to them. If they ever find out you withheld it when you knew they wanted it, you could be in ...


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But maybe that "positive" effect do exist ? While it's not a universal "no" to that.. it's pretty close and the overall effect is likely to be negative. Let's assume the local jobs market for these people's skills is in reasonable health (i.e. the layoffs aren't as a result of a general tanking in the sector) and imagine you have three devs are intended to ...


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