When an email to my personal account arrived advising me I was being laid off, effective immediately, I thought it was a scam or a not-funny joke. I tried to access the company’s server and found myself locked out.
I’d known layoffs might be coming, but thought I was safe. I’ve worked for my company for six years and nearly every other employer was hired after me, I thought I was safe.
Isn’t it always last in, first out?
Don’t employers even call anymore?
What does an employee have to do to be secure?
Many employers no longer feel bound by seniority factors when making layoff decisions. For the millions of employees that switched to new jobs in 2022, this news may give them comfort. For you, it comes as a slap in the face given your longevity with your current employer.
A depressing number of employers, including Amazon, Twitter, Meta, Vox and Google, now lay off employees by mass texts and emails. These employers view it as efficient. Employees understandably view it as cold and devaluing, particularly when they’ve worked for their employer for years. Recently Alphabet, Google’s parent company, laid off twelve thousand employees including some who’d worked for the company for twenty years, by email, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/29/opinion/mass-tech-layoffs-email-google.html.
Employers retain the employees they most need to survive changing marketplace and economic conditions. Given this, employees protect themselves by:
- high performance and productivity
- possessing employer-needed skills
- choosing high-integrity employers that treat employees well.
Employers that value employees exist. I’ll work on a subsequent post on how to locate them.
© 2023 Lynne Curry
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