Companies Worth Admiration Don’t Do Layoffs

Companies Worth Admiration Don't Do Layoffs

It’s coming up on the end of the year and people are starting to lose their minds during what should be the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s not to love? PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), ity bitty candy bars, Black Friday and a New Year just around the corner.

With the United States’ current crazy daily headlines, something to look forward grounding us in traditions, family and days of comfort food is just what we all need right now. Some happy time.

What we don’t need adding to the daily stress of WTF is even happening?!?!, is companies doing layoffs so they look good for shareholders at the end of the year.

Use the term du jour if that makes you feel better, or call it restructuring, cost-cutting, or right sizing.

I call it poor, lazy, short-term thinking, sucky leadership.

It is an easy way out that has become the norm for some weird reason (like putting up holiday decorations in August) and it needs to stop.

The famous saying “It’s not personal, it’s strictly business” is total BS. You are playing with people’s lives; it doesn’t get any more personal than that. Without people, you wouldn’t have a business.

Too many organizations refer to people as their greatest assets, family, and other tall tales regularly. When was the last time you let a family member go and said, “It’s not personal; it’s just good business”? NEVER it doesn't happen (thinking it some days doesn't count).

And yes, they do have a choice. 

Companies to be admired are those that don’t take this ridiculous short-game approach to running an organization.

Those to admire choose to find other ways to fund projects, restructure, and create “results” that aren’t messing with people.

Knowing that there are no signs of stopping this crazy train as it has become a "normal" practice in business, I want you to wake up.

Stop telling yourself that you have job security, a guaranteed paycheck, or benefits.

The notion of job security vanished in the 1980s when layoffs, reduction, or elimination of benefits became acceptable, common and the new normal.

People became disposable like the disposable camera that also came out in the 1980s.

However, many of us still falsely believe we have job security.

You are not still using disposable cameras, are you?

It is time to upgrade your thinking about your work. Repeat after me:

  1. There is no such thing as job security, no guaranteed paycheck, or benefits.
  2. Security does not come from a job, a company, or the government.
  3. Your only security is knowing what you do well and what you bring to a job.

I have friends going through this right now. They never thought it would happen to them. They are on an emotional roller coaster ride of feelings and lost on what to do now. 

No one should have these thoughts.

I want you to enjoy what you do have available to you today, but be realistic and aware that it can all go away at any time.

I want you to have a strong understanding of how awesome you are and own it. Confident in the value you bring to employers. I want you to have a plan if you discover what you thought was job security suddenly vanishes overnight.

It probably has been a while since you took inventory of all the awesomeness you have acquired and possess. To help you remember, I created a free  Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Inventory worksheet.  Do it while you enjoy a latte. Get it by click the image below. 


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