Should You Quit Before a Layoff?

Evil HR Lady

I was verbally told they want to keep me and hoped to put me at another branch in town at the same salary but lesser position. Because my salary is the same, under our policies I am not eligible for a severance package. If the person you call doesn’t know about it, ask to speak to the person coordinating the layoffs. The post Should You Quit Before a Layoff? I’ve worked as a branch manager at a large bank for ten years.

2020 161

How To Successfully Change Careers After A Layoff

Career Realism

A career change should not be an impulse decision or strictly driven by the trauma of a layoff. Career Changes Come With Salary Implications This may be hard to believe, but when it comes to career change, sometimes salary is the last thing that you think about.

2020 75

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If I Refuse a 20 Percent Pay Cut, Is it a Resignation or Termination?

Evil HR Lady

It’s not like you can do a tricky thing where you just fail to accept and they terminate and now it’s a layoff rather than a resignation and you are eligible for unemployment! Now, if you were actually thinking if you just stay quiet, will they forget to lower your salary?

2020 247

“At Work, Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth”

Sklover Working Wisdom

February arrived with its own “surprise”: Jordan received an email advising him that he had again been “selected,” this time for layoff as a result of the Covid pandemic. 2020, Alan L. “If you’re not careful, the bow on a gift box can strangle you.”. – Unknown.

2020 151

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: e17 – Crocs and Compensation Strategy in a COVID World.

The HR Capitalist

In episode 17 of The HR Famous Podcast , long-time HR leaders (and friends) Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett come together to discuss Crocs, compensation strategy, Facebook’s new location based salary adjustments, and the return of the MLB. KD discusses the strategy the CEO took for their layoffs and how they went about it. . KD praises execs for doing a good job of forgoing or cutting salaries during the pandemic.

2020 96

updates: the coworker pajama party, lying about layoffs, and more

Ask a Manager

when you're unemployed, employer restricts how I can spend my salary, and more how can we make our staff meetings less boring? updates: the coworker pajama party, lying about layoffs, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager, when I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are three updates from past letter-writers.

2020 31

updates: the crush, the up-front salary question, and more

Ask a Manager

Can I ask about salary up-front? (#3 Thanks for answering my question about discussing salary up front when returning to a previous company! We started with a broad discussion about what I wanted from my next role, so it was easy to work in salary as part of that discussion. ” Right or wrong, providing the context made me feel like I wouldn’t be misinterpreted as selfish or unreasonable in my salary demand.

2020 27

I was laid off, and my less experienced coworker was hired back

Ask a Manager

At first I thought it had to do with her having a lower salary, but instead he said that corporate had decided that social business “isn’t worth” going after and they wanted to focus on corporate business, so the team member assigned to that market was chosen to come back. layoffsA reader writes: I work for a hotel in an area that is one of the hot spots for COVID. I’m in event sales, focusing on social events. The entire sales team was furloughed in March.

2020 27

if the job that laid me off wants to bring me back, can I decline and still collect unemployment?

Ask a Manager

If the job comes back (as many jobs will be doing in these days of temporary layoffs), legally you can’t turn it down and continue collecting benefits just because you prefer your current situation.

2020 45

we’re being asked to choose our own pay cuts

Ask a Manager

While I think I am fairly paid for my experience, and I wouldn’t mind taking a temporary pay cut to save my job or others, my company is notoriously tight-fisted with salaries and I have fought hard for the raises I have gotten during my tenure. Of course, I want to do my best to prevent layoffs of myself or others, but I don’t know what percentage to say. salary the plague

2020 34

our employer wants to cut our pay — retroactively

Ask a Manager

On Friday, our CEO sent out the dreaded “due to COVID-19, layoffs are coming” email. The pay cuts can’t go into effect until they tell you what the new pay is, so you have an opportunity to decide whether or not to continue working for that salary.

2020 43

company wants us to suggest which coworkers to lay off, new boss won’t speak to me, and more

Ask a Manager

Is it actually illegal, or is it just a cowardly attempt to avoid responsibility for layoffs? It’s management’s job to make layoff decisions, and they should be doing it based on what makes sense for the business. It’s seven answers to seven questions. Here we go….

2020 40

here’s a real-life email from an employer that’s managing its re-opening well

Ask a Manager

“We are in a hiring and promotion freeze and have had a modest across the board salary cut. No layoffs. As some companies start to figure out what bringing people back to work will look like, here’s a real-life example of an organization that’s doing it well.

2020 38

4 Myths About Job-Hunting During A Recession

Career Realism

Myth 2: No One Will Hire You After Getting Laid Off Layoffs are a fact of life and businesses realize that. Layoffs are common during a recession. Recession or not, you should prepare for a typical salary negotiation process. If you've settled on a salary range, be ready to prove to the company why you would be worth the investment. Whenever talks about a potential recession come up, it naturally puts some people on edge.

2019 59

can my employer lay me off and ask me to volunteer?

Ask a Manager

While I know everyone’s doing the best they can to prevent cuts to staff or layoffs, I heard through a coworker this week that one idea our CEO has been kicking around has been to lay off all the organization’s employees, have them collect unemployment, and ask them to volunteer for the organization for the duration of their unemployment eligibility. It’s not a way to get the government to fund your employees’ salaries while you have them continue to work.

2020 37

updates: the not-flirting coworker and more

Ask a Manager

It didn’t go smoothly, John was in denial for over a month and insisted that it was not actually going to happen even after the rest of the staff had been notified and continued trying to plan vacation time and work events for after his layoff date. It’s a special “where are you now?”

2020 33

mental health days during Covid, talking about pumping in male-dominated office, and more

Ask a Manager

If there’s more to the story, my guess would be that they wanted to get rid of those two people (because of work quality, because their salaries were high, because they didn’t get along with your manager, or who knows what) and used layoffs as a way to do it. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Believable excuses for mental health days during Covid.

2020 29

my coworker is breaking her paid quarantine, company expects people to keep working after they quit, and more

Ask a Manager

Found a new job right after a layoff — at a higher salary. On March 27, three days after my initial interview, I received an offer from them for a salary that is 28% more than I was previously making. It’s five answers to five questions and a sixth thing. Here we go….

2020 39

can I flat-out refuse to do a project?

Ask a Manager

That’s especially true when your team appears to be having layoffs!). Obviously it impacts you if you’re suddenly expected to work long hours unnecessarily, but if you push back on that per the first suggestion above, then what if after that you decided that you’re paid your salary either way and if they want to pay you to waste time on this exercise over and over (without lengthening your work hours), then so be it?

2020 27

employee says “kind of” and “you know” constantly, requiring references at the application stage, and more

Ask a Manager

I’m finding more and more companies using application forms with required fields, including expected salary and reference contact information. We returned after a layoff — but our benefits re-set to new employee level. I was part of a mass layoff due to COVID-19. As a part of the mass layoff, they had to pay out unused PTO. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My employee says “kind of” and “you know” constantly.

2020 32

is it weird to vape on a Zoom call, should you go to grad school to avoid a bad job market, and more

Ask a Manager

This was, they said, in order to not have layoffs. Will we just suddenly one check drop to 80% of our salary “until things change”? Sure, a four-day work week seems cool, but not at 80% of my current salary. A lot of companies are doing this right now as a way to avoid layoffs. In other cases, companies aren’t necessarily expecting revenues will pick up in a few months, but doing this is better than moving straight to layoffs right now.

2020 33

can I Zoom from my patio, coworker is violating shelter-in-place, and more

Ask a Manager

My position (and salary) is middling/low, so it’s not like I’m a CEO flaunting an expansive yard and pool oasis. That said, that’s not in keeping with the spirit of how this is supposed to work (unemployment benefits and the federal supplement are really for emergency situations where you don’t have other reasonable options), and they may say no since their loan forgiveness depends on preserving their pre-layoff headcount. It’s five answers to five questions.

2020 32

we have to live within 100 miles of our director, company said paying me more would be “unfair,” and more

Ask a Manager

In the verbal offer, they dropped the listed job ad salary (full-time equivalent for a contract gig) due to my lack of direct experience. I asked if they had flexibility to a salary about halfway between the two numbers, conceding lack of experience but with the (at first unspoken) rationale that I’ve been working for nearly 10 years. Survivor’s guilt is a real thing with layoffs and furloughs! It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2020 27

am I asking too much of job applicants?

Ask a Manager

My company said they’d help me find another job after my layoff — what should I expect? You may also like: I want to stop covering for my boss, reopening salary negotiations, and more company is posting job applicants on their website, with contact information reaching out to a hiring manager with questions before applying for a job am I asking too much of job applicants?

2020 26

updates: friends at work, the higher-earning male coworker, and more

Ask a Manager

The last time I wrote to you, I had just started a new junior HR role at a larger organization after I survived layoffs at the first one. I was doing work way above my title/pay grade (think director-level responsibilities on an entry-level salary). Here are three updates from past letter-writers. Am I allowed to have friends at work if I work in HR? (first update here ). I’ve so been enjoying everyone’s updates and thought I’d send my own in.

2020 26

using a job offer to get a counteroffer from your current company — does COVID change things?

Ask a Manager

Am I crazy for thinking about taking it because of the added salary and job security it affords? On the other hand, I could come out of this with both job security and a higher salary as a sort of consolation prize. Even in the best of times, accepting a counteroffer to stay at your current job is a risky move and can get you put at the top of any layoff list because “she was already thinking of leaving anyway.”

2020 26

my boyfriend pretended to be a doctor, I called a coworker a moron, and more

Ask a Manager

My salary has not changed. If I were not to show up to work, would it be considered a resignation or would it be a layoff because I wasn’t a technically full-time employee? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I overheard my boyfriend pretending to be a doctor. I’ve recently moved in with my boyfriend (one week prior to our city’s stay home order) and so we hear a lot of each other working these days.

2020 28

asking coworkers to go to vegetarian-friendly restaurants, contacting my team with support while they’re laid off, and more

Ask a Manager

I am struggling with how much to contact the team with inspiration and team support during a time when I am really not supposed to contact them — at least that is my understanding of how layoffs work. There’s no contract or even a serious talk, but I did ask him if he’d be willing to raise the salary (he did not agree) and I’ve had lunch with the firm since. There can’t be until a salary has been offered and accepted.

2020 24

5 'Recession-Proof' Careers

Career Realism

Recessions usually means mass layoffs, fewer jobs, more competition for jobs, and less job security. These jobs usually offer competitive salaries and with many experienced professionals retiring, these fields are always looking for new and young talent. When a recession hits, many people immediately begin to worry about their jobs -- and with good reason. But some careers are safer than others.

2019 58

5 Careers You Should Be Avoiding Now

Career Alley

While it’s true that mail carriers don’t do too poorly in the salary department, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this job will decline 26% over the next few years. Department of Labor predicts that by 2020, news reporters jobs will have declined by 8%. Secretaries are typically the first to be cut when a company is doing layoffs.

2013 222

5 Recruiting Trends in 2014 You Can’t Ignore #recruittrends

Workology

The majority of companies and businesses have recovered from our most recent recession and the reliance of c orporate layoffs, restructures and downsizing which I first wrote about in March 2008. I’ve been personally preparing for this mass exodus since 2005 as experienced knowledge workers with business leadership experience will be in short supply, and I’ll be able to expect top dollar when it comes to my salary.

2014 113