Aug 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
I am in a top management position and am faced with the hard decision of having to let some people go in the fall. How do I do this respectfully and still do what needs to be done for the greater good of the company?
Thank you for your words of wisdom, M.K.
It is not easy doing our job when it affects the livelihood of others.
One thing that is important to remember is that you are ultimately responsible for doing your job and doing it within the applicable labor relation guidelines. The need for you to do this is coming straight from the top; something out of your control.
My feeling is that you will naturally be respectful of all those affected, as it is your basic nature to be that way in all situations.
Those whose jobs will be affected are also something beyond your control. Again, as long as you are following the laws this is not something that you should take personally.
One thing that you can do is have a list of resources available for these people to find other employment or income solutions, as each situation requires. I sense that you will feel better if you are helping them to the best of your ability in finding something else and still doing what it is that you have to do as part of your responsibilities for excellent management and leadership.
Doing some research on Recruitment Companies in your area as well as Job Placement Agencies will help you to compile a list of amazing resources for these people to continue to be gainfully employed.
When things happen to us that seem unfair, unjust or simply not to our liking, we often take the attitude that “they” did something wrong to us. While there is certainly too much injustice still rampant in our society this is not one of those cases.
It will serve all concerned if you can assist the employees involved to stay in a positive mindset and look at this from the perspective of not losing something but rather gaining the opportunity to allow for something even better in their lives; a job they would love to do more that perhaps pays more or allows for more benefits and more holiday time to spend with their loved ones.
You can help facilitate this by staying in a place of service to them even though you have to let them go from your company. In the end, everyone will benefit from this approach instead of simply ‘letting them go’.
Every day is a new day….today you have the opportunity to take a challenge that affects the livelihood of others and make a positive difference at the same time. This takes strength and courage and a sincere attitude of caring about all of the people concerned….qualities that I believe you have in spades. I wish you and all those affected by this better circumstances in work because of it.
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