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December 17, 2012

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Sherry C

"while it didn't work out here, there's a place out there that's a fit for them - without question."

This is one of the most important things I have never heard anyone say.

When a person is terminated, they may feel that there is something fundamentally WRONG with them-that they simply may not be employable, period. Not to mention the immediate concerns about food/shelter/etc. The sudden loss of income can cause significant fear, and fear does things to a person's stability.

A manager and/or an HR person acting in a more positive, human manner and providing a glimmer of hope and perhaps even the first clue on how to move forward...that could change the whole world for someone suddenly coping with job loss. I seriously cannot emphasize this enough.

Joe

You are advocating the George Clooney approach in Up in the Air.

KD

Hi Joe -

Actually, I'm advocating more than that. I'm advocating not outsourcing those conversations, and a follow up to the display of empathy at the point of term by someone who is actually in charge of the people function.

Something approaching real empathy is what I'm recommending - real empathy with action behind it...

Thanks - KD

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