Next on the Cards?
Ms. Deepa has been
working in an Indian based software company for the last five years.
One fine Friday evening around four, she was called by the HR, and
said that her services are no longer required for the company.
The reason she was given, role redundancy. But in truth,
she is a victim for the new mantra of IT corporates “Cost cutting”.
She is just one among the hundreds who are being given pink slips
across all major corporates of the IT and financial services sector.
(The name has been changed on request).
With almost all companies, powerhouses included, trying to salvage
what is left due to the recent economic slump, it is the common
salaried man, who is affected the most. Here are a few tips that
can be followed to ease the situation:
confidence and let yourself be bogged down with the loss
of your job. This is the most essential step. Just keep in
mind that this is not the end of life. There are things beyond
it and you have the capacity to explore and succeed in all
of them. Avoid listening to negative thoughts and develop
immunity to the negative influence of people around you.
Don’t draw early conclusions and panic the people around
you. Be composed and handle your emotions with utmost care.
If need be, opt for a few individual and family counseling
sessions. Be patient and understand that you too have your
own skill set. Sooner or later you are bound to land in the
Keep trying and Keep trying. Don’t lose hope. Try through all
your contacts. Take the help of consultants and job portals. Contact
your ex-employers, ex-bosses, etc because they know your merits
and demerits. You will be surprised to know that your last boss
will be the best source for contacts and reference. Keep attending
interviews and find out whether you stand in terms of employer’s
Develop your skills
and visit your basics. Use this time in the best possible way
you can. Keep yourself engaged and revisit your basics. Develop
all your skills and keep yourself updated. Sharpen your communication
Be focused on what you want exactly want in career and move
your cards accordingly. After an unexpected break like this, it
is pretty tough to be clear in mind on what is going to be the next
step. Still, take the help of seniors, experienced persons and get
their inputs as well, to take your career forward.
For HR Managers
the Existing workforce - This is the biggest challenge
facing the HR managers immediately after layoffs. The existing
workforce begins to put down their papers in panic and anxiety.
The best option is to motivate the existing workforce. Keep
them informed of the developments and empower them with additional
responsibility and assure them that they are in safe hands.
with the activities to be taken and explain the reasons/ queries
for layoffs. Keep employees informed on what other cost cutting
measures that are to be undertaken like power cut downs, restricted
usage of lifts, more charges for cafeteria services, etc. To make
your employees more cooperative, invite suggestions from them on
what other cost cutting measures can be implemented.
Provide stress free environment to the existing workforce
and enhance their productivity level. If need be, try to arrange
for one to one interactive/ counseling session.
Build team synergy – building employee morale is a key step
to increase productivity. Activities like competitions, fun at work,
celebrating b’days, surprise gifts from HR for meeting targets on
time, daily stand up meetings, cultural activities, etc can be done
with minimal budget but their effects are often far fetching.
For employees who have been left stranded, sharpen
your skill set, revise your basics and be ready to face a barrage
of interviews without losing hope. Your last employer may in no
longer need your services, fine, but it does not mean that there
are no job providers for you. When there is a will to succeed, definitely
there is a way out.
For HR managers, identifying the persons to be laid off is easy,
but it is tough to keep up the morale of the rest of the employees.
Play your cards right, and you might just succeed.
Present scenario is turbulent and so is the future predicted to
be. So it is time for all of us to be on our toes ready for anything.
Writer: Divya Kumar is a practicing HR
professional in a media company