This Week on Punk Rock HR: Layoffs, Layoffs, Layoffs

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My mom once told me that I am perfectly designed to deliver bad news because I’m petite, blonde, and non-threatening. She’s not wrong.

On my last day of work at Pfizer, I had to lay people off. There were two long-time IT leaders who didn’t see it coming until I walked in the door. Even then, they were like, “Come on, Laurie, it’s your last day. Are you sure?”

The thing is HR doesn’t make the rules. We don’t necessarily create the layoff list — we help leaders put your name on it. Sorry, friends. Wish it were different.

Want to know more secrets about layoffs? Check out my weekly newsletter where I’m dropping a little wisdom about what to do if you think your name is on a list. Continue reading here…

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By: Laurie Ruettimann