What to do when there are rumors of layoffs

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What to do when there are rumors of layoffs

There is nothing more unsettling to a workforce then rumors of lay offs.  It is not uncommon that as we approach year end, companies need to consider downsizing if the year hasn’t gone as well as planned or in preparation for changes in the upcoming year.  So what can an employee do?  Many will say it’s time to lay low and stay out of the cross fire which doesn’t guarantee self preservation.

There are a couple of ways to cope while the rumor mill revs up.

1. react to facts not rumors or speculation

2. resist the temptation to commiserate with coworkers – it only feeds fear

3. focus on “what is” not “what if”

4. make sure you are doing your job and doing it well

5. make sure your resume is up to date

6. keep your options open

The key to surviving these unsettled times is not to become complacent and take a wait and see approach.  Be proactive and prepare for various scenarios, so when the final word comes you are well positioned for whatever’s next.


About the Author:

Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 13 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. Karen couples seasoned counseling skills with a solid business acumen. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reaching that next point in their career.