So is it, laid off or
It’s: Laid Off
And being laid off completely sucks.
Being fired is typically under ones control. People are fired for performance, after all.
But being laid off is usually a result of corporate performance. And overall, corporate performance is most often outside of our immediate control.
“We simply can no longer afford a staff of this size,” is what you hear.
I think that layoffs should be a last resort. I mean, a last – LAST – resort.
Simon Sinek got this 100 percent correct in the video below.
You might reasonably argue that employment in the United States is
at-will,and that businesses, especially those with investment backing, are supposed to take risks to seek out growth. When those risks don’t pay off, people lose their jobs, the business retools, experiments, and (hopefully) grows again. Far better that way than a model where risk takingis prohibited and layoffs are made impossible, or a scenario in which leadership refuses to invest for fear that someone may someday lose their job. After all, skills are highly transferrable, especially in our field, and being laid off carries much less of a negative connotation than being fired. Those arguments are all true in the abstract and at the macro level. But to an individual who’s been laid off, or to their friends and colleagues, it comes across as nothing more than heartless excuses, devoid of empathy.
-Rand Fishkin, Lost And Founder