How to Communicate Layoffs to Remote Employees

Fans of the television show “Sex and the City” may remember the “Post-it Breakup,” when Carrie’s boyfriend leaves a sticky note telling her their relationship is over. The episode shows the emotions the note triggers, analyzes how cold the message was and lists many other gentler ways the bad news could have been communicated.

“That episode was the first thing I thought of when I heard people were learning about being laid off or furloughed through an e-mail,” said Trillium Fox, co-founder of Grilled Cheese Coaching. “Having empathy is one of the most important things to do during this difficult time.”

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