Q: My coworker got laid off due to budget cuts. I’d like to organize a send-off, but I’m not sure it’s appropriate in this case. What’s the best way to show him I care?
A: Talk to him. Find out how he’s feeling. He may not be ready for a get together right now. He might appreciate a week or so to get over the surprise or any hurt feelings. Say something like, “Jake, Phil and I would like to take you out for lunch. I wanted to check and find out when would be a good time.” Be understanding if he decides a get-together would be too difficult or uncomfortable right now. After he leaves, check in with him every few weeks to see how he’s doing and to offer encouragement.