21 Feb Coping when a close co-worker is laid off
Losing a friend at work to a layoff can be stressful, but you’ll need to deal with the situation.
You probably have a co-worker or two you’re close with, who you grab to rehash the latest episodes of a favorite television show, or for company on a coffee run. But as workplaces everywhere thin their ranks, those you’re friendliest with might be laid off. It can be tough to figure out how to respond when a work friend is suddenly no longer working alongside you. But there are ways to cope.
For starters, whether the layoff is announced or you notice a co-worker quietly packing his desk, don’t pretend you can’t see over your cubicle wall or outside your office door. The worst thing to do is to do nothing—even if you’re not sure what to say.
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