You know the panic call when you receive it. The one where the inconceivable is about to happen to the person on the other end of the phone: the layoff.
On the call they are breathless in the gossip and studying the smallest statements to see when the layoff will happen to them (tomorrow? Next week? No, surely by Friday!).
The difference this time? They are scared.
This time, the discussion isn’t a theoretical about some other group, some other department, and some other time. Instead, it is about them. Their group, their department, their position. Them.
On the phone, it is now a different discussion since the end of the job is near.
Now the conversation, once the person settles down, is about survival. Not survival in the sense of staying at their job. No, this is survival about when forced to leave.
This is where the panic sets in.
When ultimately faced with certainty about most anything, we quickly evaluate everything we have done to that point to make the certainty right. Or, in a layoff, how we have made the certainty of layoff an opportunity to move on to something better in our life.
All the preparations that you have done to protect, strengthen and improve your career come to crystallization the second you are told of your layoff.
If you have worked hard to get your finances right, developed a strong network of friends and family, worked on your job skills and performed well, you’ll be fine. A layoff is tough, but with preparation, it will help you find something better.
If you haven’t prepared well, you will panic and hear yourself making that Monday morning call to someone you love.
Are you prepared for a layoff?