Layoff Communications Part 1: Openly Confidential
This cast how to talk about layoffs when they are being considered.
Many managers are torn when it comes to layoffs. Most of us know that when they happen, they’re probably inevitable. We understand that layoffs are often a painful necessity (even though they’re an admission of failure). We also know that the thought, rumor, or knowledge of layoffs is likely to create questions from our team. Just a rumor of a rumor will induce fear.
So what are the rules about communicating about layoffs? What do we say when asked? How should we say it? Can we lie?