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How To Deal With Getting Fired And Layoffs?

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Everyone working a job knows the fear of getting fired. The constant fear that one day the company would decide to let people go is one thing that always worries each employee. You never know when you are going to be called to the HR department and told the bad news. But with each experience, the manager and employees get better at handling these layoffs and eventually a time comes when they just become a part of your routine if you are the HR department. Initially you would have some trouble dealing with people breaking down in front of you and you will have gained the skills to handle the situation better with each round of the layoffs.

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Anyone who has gotten laid off can tell you that no matter how much you prepare yourself mentally and financially, it would feel devastating when are told that your services are no longer needed to the company. This feeling only gets worse when you are fired and do not have a job perspective to look forward to for months at a time. You start doubting your own existence and start to wonder if you will ever work again in your life. This happens because many people center their lives and their identities around their work and form their self-image on the basis of their professional life. To deal with all this, here are a few tips that you can adopt in order to not let a firing weigh you down like an anchor.

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For a manager, letting go should be a part of his job that he has to accept. He can not start to feel guilty of letting an employee who is not working up to the company’s standards off. However, he should minimize the surprise and the humiliation for said employee. This would not allow the firing to come off as a personal vendetta and will only be seen as a professional duty. Emotions should not run high during the process. There should be proper reasoning and evidence for the employee to be fired so that the whole company is aware of the consequences if they step out of the line.

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And the employee should not believe the end of the job to be the end of the world. Being fired can open up countless other opportunities and the time that the employee has on his hand can be utilized in pursuing other hobbies which could be turned into profitable businesses. As Jack Ma said, “Your future depends on what you do outside of your work hours.” The employee should focus on upgrading his skills and proving himself to be an irreplaceable asset to his next employer. Look for a passive income if possible so that you have a financial backup and are not only reliable on the current job for sustenance.

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