Some HR friends of mine had to conduct layoffs, last week. And one family member of mine was spared from a layoff while another one was not (boo).
Christmas can be the best of times, the worst of times.
From 2001-2006, I laid off people during the holidays. I tried not to be sentimental about it because there is no good time to lose your job. Unemployment sucks in December and it sucks in June. I was always thankful to offer severance. (That’s a luxury for employees.)
And as I got a little older and more seasoned in my HR career, I was more comfortable responding to abject hatred of Human Resources by saying, “I am truly sorry. I know you are angry. But the company had no plan for you. And they are giving you money to find a new job. I know it doesn’t feel that way, but you sorta win.”
That sounds like an awful thing to say. I didn’t have to say it very often. And that line of logic doesn’t resonate with about 50% of the people in this world. But it’s true.
So I have two messages for the week ahead:
- If you work in HR and had to fire someone before Christmas, it’s not your fault. And I am sure you treated that person with dignity. The world needs more people like you.
- If you were fired before Christmas, I know things are tough. But I believe in my heart that you were just given the gift of a new lease on life. Don’t blow it.
There you go. Cynical and optimistic. Ho ho ho.
This week I will be blogging about Cee Lo Green, Vladmir Putin and snowstorms. I will also blog about home sales, Syria and Miss Universe. I might also write about Zero Dark Thirty.
Have a great week!