Layoff – reasons and consequences

The constitutional right is the right to work. It is also human, personal… Unemployment is destructive to dignity and self-esteem. The problem that exists on a personal level does not stay there, but, as a result, is transferred to the family, and people in the environment, it entails various problems, shortcomings, defects… The problem of unemployment is fatal for the state itself, and not only in the plan economic development but also in many other fields, which affect society as a whole. However, when a person is faced with being fired, he is only able to think about how he will personally deal with it.

The reasons for terminating an employment relationship, like an emotional one, are almost always personal, regardless of whether the initiator is the employee or the employer.

  1. When you decide to change the company where you work, it is because of:

– positive attraction, pull, by another company that provides better financial conditions, higher position, better reputation, etc.;

– negative rejection, push, conditioned by bad interpersonal relations in the company, stagnation, and impossibility of advancement, inadequate financial compensation for achieved results, dedication, and sacrifice.

All the stated reasons are exclusively of a personal nature and are a reflection of the employee’s unsatisfied expectations. Everyone has the right (and should use it!) to not agree to conditions that are not in accordance with his capacities, affinities, and ambitions, and look for something better, which will fulfill and inspire him professionally.

  1. On the other hand, when the company decides to fire you, it can be from:

– objective reasons, due to unforeseen circumstances of bankruptcy, cost reduction due to reduced volume of business (e.g. strong competition on the market or changes in consumer habits), but these background reasons can also have, and very often have, a personal stamp (bad assessment of the responsible person or intentional bankruptcy);

– subjective reasons of the manager, mostly under the guise of the alleged need for reorganization, in order to get rid of employees who do not fit into the company’s policy and hinder the realization of specific managerial interests within the framework of legal regulations.

Although companies proclaim the rule that there is nothing personal in business, that all decisions and relationships are based on strict professionalism – in reality it is much different, and more personal. Interest groups and influences are a hidden iceberg that can be fatal if you want to survive in the corporate environment, you have to adapt to them, or you will “sink” along with your attitudes and beliefs.

What happens when you quit or get fired? Well… for those who remain in the company – mostly nothing epoch-making. A common rule that most corporations follow is that everyone, even the best, is replaceable. Already the next day, everything goes according to the established plan and program, as if you never existed in that collective. They will mention you here and there, just in passing, as an integral part of some anecdote, or in the context of a project being connected with your name, but that’s where all the “emotion” ends. You will expect, most likely, a little more nostalgia, perhaps regret that your work is being done by someone else and not you, comparing you to the one who came in your place, summarizing your abilities and qualities, maybe even repentance and realizing the mistake, but – that is, after all, only your imagination. The moment you are “delivered” with the resignation, only you will think about the resignation.

“Hail and Farewell” is an expression used to celebrate the arrival or departure of colleagues. Most companies have kept the practice of formally welcoming new colleagues, but the part about “seeing off” the worn out and unwanted has long been lost; an email is enough, with false cordiality and regret that he will no longer be a part of the team, wishing colleagues “who are no longer there” all the best in their future work. It’s a complete story about you – you don’t exist.

Layoffs are also personal, but they are emotional only for the person who loses his job.


Author: Dobra Odlučić