ArticleJuly 21, 2023by SP Audit

What to do if you are laid off

Recently, it often happens that we hear that a company is releasing part of its staff due to a decrease in the volume of work. It’s very upsetting to hear that you’re being made redundant, and after the initial shock, you can feel panicked and at a dead end. However, this could be an opportunity for a new step in your career.
Here are a few tips to help you ease into what’s going on and move on to looking for a new opportunity:

1. Take a breath.
Do not allow yourself to panic, nothing fatal has befallen you. Breathe deeply and try not to give in to anxiety.

2. Don’t think it’s personal.
Layoffs are not pleasant and can take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem. However, do not doubt your qualities and skills. Not everyone is suited for a given position, and that’s perfectly normal. Just because you got laid off doesn’t mean there isn’t a position where you can stand out and prove yourself.

3. Be careful what documents you sign.
Calm down, read the document carefully, understand the meaning and only then sign. Otherwise, you may be signing something that is not in your best interest.

4. Discuss everything with your manager.
Talk to him and ask for his feedback on what the reasons were for your layoff. This is also the time when you can ask for references and other documents if you need them.

5. Delete personal files from your computer.
If you still have access to the computer, remove your personal information. Delete the folders that are important only to you and have no relation to colleagues or the company as a whole.

6. Call a friend or a family member.
Share the news with someone. That way, you’ll calm down faster and get the advice you need at this time.

7. Don’t play the victim.
Self-pity will do you no good in this situation. Getting laid off can be stressful, but the sooner you accept what’s happening, the faster you’ll be able to navigate your next job search.

8. Concentrate on perspective.
Being laid off can actually be a positive event in your life, even if you don’t realize it at the moment. It may give you the opportunity to find a more suitable and better paying job. Don’t forget the proverb “It’s no use crying over spilled milk.”

Remember to remain professional and leave your employer on a positive note. You never know if life will meet you again, so stay on good terms with your colleagues and company leaders.