This morning’s New York Times ran a poignant article on the emotional toll managers feel when they must let valued employees go. Shelly Polum, vice president for administration at the family-owned Ram Tool in Grafton, WIsconsin was called on to do just that. “She put on what her husband called her ‘stone cold face’ and walked out onto the shop floor.
“When it was over, trying to maintain her composure, she rushed back to her office and shut the door quickly.
“Then she sank to the floor in tears.”
For people like Shelly who help manage mid-sized businesses, the strain they face in laying off employees is enormous. They know their employees, there are close bonds, and it is simply wrenching when they must make the tough economic decisions in order to keep their companies afloat.
This is one of several reasons why I have launched my Finding Work in a Recessionary Economy outplacement program. I wanted to alleviate the suffering furloughed employees experience when they receive a pink slip. However, I also wanted to give managers of mid-sized businesses a resource they could pass on to those individuals they are compelled to lay off. Furloughs may be inevitable but if the employer can offer folks a low cost outplacement service, it softens the blow.
I say to employers and furloughed employees alike: Please contact me to discover how you can enroll in this dynamic program to help people identify and find work right in the midst of our current recession.