3 Reasons Not to Botch Breaking Up

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We’ve watched in disbelief as unemployment spikes to record highs – with over 20.5 million jobs lost in April. In addition, there are many more with reduced hours or cut pay not represented in unemployment figures. Suffice it to say, a lot of breakup conversations are being had. By now we’ve all read about some very public horror stories, and …

The HR Famous Podcast: e12 – Getting Paid to Not Work

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In episode 12 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Jessica Lee, Tim Sackett and Kris Dunn come together to talk quarantine watching habits, unemployment insurance coverage and the Payroll Protection Plan. The team brings up the challenges and nuances individuals might be facing when working through their unemployment insurance and PPP.  Show Highlights: 3:30 – The team …

A Leaders’ Guide To Ethical Layoffs

Katie Augsburger COVID-19, Employee Relations, Layoffs, Organizational Development 0 Comments

Layoffs are going to happen, and unfortunately for a lot of organizations, they need to happen in order to survive. Unfortunately, most will be done brutally, unthoughtfully, and impersonally. This is because we do not train people to end relationships. When it comes to layoffs, what we often prioritize most is efficiency. But why? Why at the end of the …

When Incompetent Management Does Bad Things Under the Cover of a Global Pandemic

John Hollon COVID-19, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Lawsuits, Layoffs 1 Comment

I love that FOT Grand Poobah Kris Dunn is taking names and kicking keisters by calling out how badly some companies are handling employee layoffs and furloughs during our “global pandemic economic meltdown.” How so, you ask? His recent Fistful of Talent post — How S**t Got Sideways as Companies Fuurloughed/Laid off People in the Coronavirus Meltdown — offers great …

Protect Your Assets – Your People

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How many of you are in your guest rooms/living rooms/patios “behind closed doors” working on a RIF spreadsheet? It’s a horrible exercise I’ve done too many times, and especially tough right now. With an unimaginable amount of uncertainty across most businesses, cost-savings levers are being pulled. As part of looking for cost-savings, how much quantitative analysis is taking place? It’s …

How S**t Got Sideways As Companies Furloughed/Laid Off People in the Corona Meltdown

Kris Dunn COVID-19, Employee Relations, Layoffs 1 Comment

There’s never a good time to impact people’s livelihood with layoffs or furloughs. But it’s clear now that there’s never a worse time than during a global pandemic economic meltdown, when all of your employees are involuntarily working from home. Shout out if you had to be a part of touch economic decisions at your company in the last two …

There’s a “Red Wedding” at Uber – But Not Just With Their Marketing Layoffs

John Hollon Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Corporate America, John Hollon, Layoffs, Offboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Uncategorized

Like so many people, I loved Game of Thrones. And that’s why ANY big company layoff that’s referred to as a “Marketing Red Wedding” gets my full and undivided attention. The fact that the company is Uber, and the “Red Wedding” description comes from Uber employees about a big layoff that took place there in late July, well, that’s just …

Turning Severance Into Sabbatical, or at least a Productive Gap in Employment

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In today’s dynamic world of work if you haven’t been laid off or made redundant at least once, it’s likely that you haven’t been in the workforce very long, you own your own business, or you just haven’t done enough progressive and envelope-pushing work to have been put on ‘the list’. So the experience of having an unexpected gap in employment …

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VIDEO: SmashUps with Kris Dunn – Digging in on ESPN Layoffs

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This month on SmashUps, Tim talks to Kris Dunn—you probably know Kris from this very blog (as he is the founding father of FOT), his personal blog The HR Capitalist, or from his day job as CHRO at Kinetix. As you may have heard, ESPN recently went through a massive round of layoffs and these two sports junkies are on …