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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

6. “Was it just you? Or did others get laid off too?”

This question implies that your friend’s layoff is palatable (or not) depending on who else got laid off at the same time. Does it really matter? What if it was just your friend? Do you really want to remind them that they were the only person at their company who was considered expendable on that particular day?

Sometimes, layoffs happen all at once. Other times, they happen on a rolling basis. Either way, the timing of your friend’s layoff probably has little to do with their own performance and a lot to do with the company’s budget and priorities.


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