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Job loss via zoom
Compassion in case of job loss: people will respect you more
I recently became aware of a changing and troubling trend in job cuts and frankly I am appalled. There are hundreds, if not thousands of individuals who are losing their jobs due to pandemic cuts, but rather than taking the person aside and talking to them about the situation, companies are letting their employees go through communication platforms. online.
Look, I understand that some businesses have too many individuals to warrant a personalized in-person call, but there is something to be said about the personal touch. Job loss is often a deeply personal loss, and in many cases our personal identity is very closely tied to what we do for a living. Whether it’s true or false, who knows? It does happen, however, so when a job loss does eventually occur, it generates a lot of anger and grief. If the employer doesn’t try to make the blow of job loss a little easier to bear, it can result in a lot of resentment, leaving the employee to try to cope with the pain of feeling like a number. in addition to any other emotions he might be feeling at the moment.
Even a letter saying your position is on a discount list and offering to discuss the matter further with you is much better than the employer’s Zoom camera being turned off and listening to someone say your name among those of others who lost their jobs. then staring at a dead screen afterwards. The decent thing is to at least watch someone – even if there is a screen between you – if you tell them they’re going to lose their job.
It’s like the moment in Gender and city when Carrie had to deal with a boyfriend breaking up with her via a post-it. A breakup sucks no matter how you look at it, although it will eventually get you on to bigger things in the long run. Painful as it may be, however, you should at least have the decency to tell the person in front.
It’s the same with a layoff. Even though at the moment we cannot come together like we did before, the decent and compassionate thing to do is tell someone that they have lost their job in the face. Does it take longer? Sure. Is it hard to hear and say? Absolutely, and it should be, but the option some employers, including Bell Media and Uber, have recently chosen is as ruthless as it gets.
It could be argued that losing your job in the middle of a pandemic is completely cold, given that some people have had to deal with lost income as businesses have been shut down anyway. However, there is not much that is under our control at this time because of the pandemic, and the point is, companies need to look at their bottom line if they are to survive during the pandemic. It is indisputable.
However, by laying off people like some companies have chosen to do, companies will lose a lot of credibility with their consumers. Massive layoffs, particularly like the ones we recently heard from Bell Media, tend to make headlines and especially during a pandemic. You don’t want to be that company that has shown an inherent lack of compassion towards its employees, because consumers will end up looking at this and wondering whether or not they should continue doing business with said company.
There is also an impact on mental health, especially now, to factor in a job loss. The pandemic has only worsened this impact on mental health, as people want to be able to undertake work that will minimize the risks they face in the pandemic, and not to accept work that might affect them. place in the middle of it. Of course, there are people for whom a job loss does not hurt too much; those who retire prematurely and take side jobs just to get out of their homes may not be able to worry about how to pay off their mortgage. However, there are many who are in a position of wondering where to find a job next in today’s global environment.
The decent and compassionate thing to do that should have been done by the employers of these large companies who announced cuts to their employees through Zoom should have been, at the very least, turn on their cameras while delivering the sad news. . People like to see the person giving them the bad news, for whatever reason, and it will be easier for them to deal with the loss if they have a face to attach the message to.
Breaking the news of the cuts with a black camera and automatically ending the meeting shows no compassion for those who have lost their jobs, and employers like Bell Media certainly should have been better informed.
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