Laying off valued employees is difficult even when the economy is healthy and the prospects for work, strong. During a crisis, such as the current one brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, letting go of employees packs a one-two punch for the employee and HR: The organization is faced with laying off people during an excruciatingly difficult time and HR has to conduct the notifications online, which seems impersonal.
This is new ground for many HR professionals. When circumstances dictate laying off members of your workforce, there are best practices you can follow for both conducting a notification online and for communicating the reduction in force to the employees who remain.
Randstad RiseSmart Senior Practice Development Manager Kimberly Schneiderman walks through the steps to take, the do’s and dont’s and provides an example via role play about how to conduct a layoff notification with an impacted employee.