Well-being Comes First: A Guide to Engineer Your Layoff with Empathy

February 28, 2023

In the ever-evolving realm of human resources, HR leaders in Southeast Asia face unique challenges when it comes to talent management and employee well-being.

To prioritise their safety, well-being, and personal growth, here are four guidance on engineering a layoff:

A cultural lens

It is crucial to acknowledge and appreciate the diversity that enriches your organization. Approaching employees expressing the desire to engineer their layoff with cultural sensitivity, empathy, and respect becomes paramount. Such an approach fosters trust, ensuring a smoother transition for all parties involved.

Building channels of communication

Encouraging open dialogue between employees and HR establishes a foundation for success. Create an environment that encourages employees to openly share their career aspirations, challenges, and concerns. By cultivating transparent communication channels, trust is deepened, enabling a better understanding of employee motivations and facilitating tailored guidance.

Offer career development opportunities

Supporting employees in their layoff engineering efforts extends beyond the process itself. Identify growth prospects, mentorship programs, and training initiatives that empower employees to explore their passions and develop new skills.

Provide counseling and emotional support

The emotional impact of layoffs cannot be overlooked. Collaborate with professional counselors or establish an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to assist employees in managing stress, anxiety, and uncertainty effectively. By creating a support system, you help employees navigate the emotional challenges that accompany a layoff.

By embracing a thoughtful approach, you pave the way for a compassionate and empowering transition.

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