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10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off

Alice Handley and Tania Khadder | HRPeople

September 08, 2009

1. “Are you freaked out?”

Don’t put ideas into her head! She’s probably worried enough as it is. Very few people are truly thrilled to be laid off, and if they are they’ll probably go out of their way to tell you before you can even get a word in edgewise.

To be truly supportive, just be there for your friend to open up to you on her own terms and on her own schedule. Maybe a kind joke or an unrelated anecdote or a question about something innocuous (Weekend plans? Movies they’ve seen recently) would help lift their spirits.

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