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camlan

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Re: Being given notice at Work
« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 08:45:57 AM »
My company just did a huge round of lay-offs, where people were let go because we didn't get two large contracts renewed, so there is no work for them and no money coming to pay them.

The people being laid off were called into an HR office, one by one, and told they were being laid off. Some were allowed to go back to their desks and pack up their personal things, under their supervisor's supervision. A small number were escorted out the door, and their belongings were packed up to be sent to them--these were IT people and senior level employees with a great deal of access to both the network and the buildings. Their building access is immediately cut off, and their emails and network access are disabled.

This has been standard procedure at several places I've worked. The fear is that the laid-off employee will be upset and perhaps want to do some sort of damage. That could be sending emails to clients or the press, wiping their hard drives, deleting other important information off the servers, or physically damaging company property.

The companies know that the majority of the people being laid-off would never thing of doing these things, but they feel the need to protect themselves against the few who might be able to do serious damage.
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Re: Being given notice at Work
« Reply #16 on: Today at 01:28:28 AM »
Do people generally know that lay-offs are going to happen or are they just told one day that they're not needed? Obviously not having enough work might be a hint. In Finland companies with over 20 employees who want to lay people off have to go through a process that Wikipedia says is called "Co-determination", though the article is mostly about Germany. The employees can't of course stop lay offs but the company is required to negotiate with them according to certain rules and sometimes the result is that nobody actually has to be laid off, maybe some people will retire or leave willingly or in some rare cases they discover that there isn't really a need for it after all.

camlan

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Re: Being given notice at Work
« Reply #17 on: Today at 06:30:47 AM »
I've seen layoffs in two companies. At one, no one had a clue that there were going to be layoffs at all. People showed up for work as usual in the morning, and then pretty much just disappeared during the day. The rest of us found out about the layoffs as we asked where someone was, or got a text or email from someone who had been let go.

At the second place, they did the same thing, but there was a huge backlash from the rest of the employees, so the following year, when they had to do more layoffs, they announced the day before that there would be layoffs the next day. Which meant everyone went home not knowing if they had a job or not.

There is pretty much no recourse for the laid-off employee. They will probably get some sort of severance pay, and can file for unemployment, but the chances of getting their old job back depend on their company getting more work.

The only employees who might have some sort of safety net are union employees. Unions usually have some sort of protection for their employees. But that doesn't mean that layoffs won't happen, just that people with seniority or certain skills will keep their jobs or be moved to other jobs--bumping an employee with less seniority, while others will still be laid off. Or the union contract may give employees the option of reducing their hours, going part-time or retraining instead of being laid off. But only about 12% of US employees are in union jobs.
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Re: Being given notice at Work
« Reply #18 on: Today at 07:12:04 AM »
I think that the employees in the negotiations are union representatives, but union members aren't more likely to keep their jobs (though there are some other benefits and anyone can be a member). I've never been through the process but it takes weeks, maybe months. Some companies seem to be in constant negotiations to lay off people and work probably continues as normal but I think that in some places they might stop work, especially if they're going to close a factory or something like that.