Lay Offs: What to do when a coworker is laid off

by EPI Staff on April 30, 2009

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.

For more on business etiquette, check out Peter Post’s column at The Boston Globe or Peter Post and Peggy Post’s book The Etiquette Advantage in Business 2nd Edition.

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Daniel Post Senning April 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

Let’s hope that this type of etiquette is less important in the future. Right now we are hearing a great deal about how to negotiate some of the less comfortable social aspects of the economic downturn.


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