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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

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 ...
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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"?

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 ...
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Probably terminated or laid off soon; confront or not?

Don't confront them. Here's why: If they say they aren't going to lay you off, will you believe them? You shouldn't. So you are no closer to resolution or closure. If they say they are letting you go....
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Doing Inefficient Work vs Eliminating Own Position

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 ...
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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

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) ...
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How should I explain volunteering for future layoffs in interviews?

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, ...
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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?

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 ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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Being made redundant, but asked to do contract work after finishing -- how should I negotiate my contracting rate?

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 ...
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What does "x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company" mean?

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 ...
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Probably terminated or laid off soon; confront or not?

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. ...
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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?

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 ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

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 ...
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Arranging drinks with laid off coworkers in close-knit team

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 ...
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What are some strategies to maintain morale and productivity after massive layoffs?

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 ...
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How to benefit from being able to save my company from a disaster while being laid off cruelly

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. ...
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What is the difference between being fired and being laid off?

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 ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

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 ...
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How can I address and prepare for potential layoffs?

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 ...
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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"?

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 ...
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Adjusting to Friends and Colleagues Being Laid Off

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 ...
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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

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 ...
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How to benefit from being able to save my company from a disaster while being laid off cruelly

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 ...
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Volunteering for redundancy

but was thinking I could save someones redundancy by volunteering. This premise is not necessarily true. Why would you think it is? I'm sure redundancy and who is chosen is determined by performance ...
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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"?

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 ...
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Offered 50% pay cut or redundancy due to coronavirus. What are my options?

At this time of coronavirus it's valid for a company to look at alternatives to keep afloat, reduced hours is one, redundancy is another, shutting the company completely is yet another. It's ...
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How should I explain volunteering for future layoffs in interviews?

Just tell the interviewers the truth, the company is having financial difficulties. There are rumors of impending layoffs. You don't need to say more than that. There is a pandemic going on. Everyone ...
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Probably terminated or laid off soon; confront or not?

Something that you wrote which is unaddressed by the other answers is this: My "slow performance" is true but due to micromanaging; constantly interrupting me and (unilaterally, overruling my ...
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