No matter your feelings on downsizing, going through the actual layoff process is a bit surreal. Your reality shifts, sometimes with no forewarning and no time to prepare. And even if you suspect it’s coming, you’re never sure exactly when. That is, until you’re called into a meeting with your boss and the HR person.
For me, there’s a moment in that meeting when all those work responsibilities are lifted off my shoulders. I physically feel lighter. I realize that everything work-related that bothered me 5 minutes ago no longer matters. It’s all someone else’s problem. The people in front of me explaining
I’ve been laid off 4 times, and each carries its own story. The circumstances were all unique, as was was my frame of mind afterward. It was never fun, but every instance was interesting and informative in retrospect. Stay tuned for each of those stories one of these days.