Pre-Christmas layoffs might not be a bad time to lose your job

From a worker’s point of view – and assuming this dismissal is no relief – Professor Jepsen asked whether it would be better to spend the summer in “blissful ignorance” or use this time to reflect and plan for the new year?

“Are friends and family – always our first line of support – more or less available to support you as you process the shock? Or would you rather receive the news that you are returning to work in the new year?”

The answer to your question isn’t that Christmas is clearly a good time to fire people or get fired. However, it doesn’t always have to be the worst.

“The most important thing for managers planning redundancies is to provide appropriate professional, dignified and respectful support to those being laid off at all times. This includes advice on internal and external communications, generous financial arrangements and outplacement support, which includes career transition assistance, resume preparation, job search techniques and interview preparation.

“This support should be appropriate to the role and, in a case like the reader’s, should also be available over the holiday season.”

Managers should not forget that the remaining team members and colleagues will also be affected, Professor Jepsen told me.

“They observe and note how the organization treats their employees and may adjust their psychological contract if they don’t like what they see.”

Professor Jepsen also has some general advice for anyone thinking carefully about their professional position in the new year.

“This January, take stock of your career. Is your resume or LinkedIn profile up to date? Have you captured the achievements of the past year before they become a distant memory? Have you planned your professional or further training for this year? Who could you discuss your career with and when – is that someone inside your organization or outside? Are you ready for a career shock this year?”

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Brian Lowry

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