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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

2. “Do you know what you did to deserve it?”

Wow, talk about an insensitive comment. Think about it: what if he really did do something? Do you think he really wants to talk about it? It’s not like when someone breaks up with your friend you launch into a huge guilt trip about what he might have done or should have done to prevent it.

At the same time, many layoffs come out of the blue to people who were great employees and a valuable resource to the company, so there might not even be an answer in the first place. Unless you’re their direct supervisor, this just isn’t any of your business.

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