- As I manager, I’ve laid people off face to face and, during the pandemic, by phone.
- People get angry, become resigned, or break down unexpectedly over things like handing over their cell phones.
- Despite all my experience, I took my own layoff badly. It felt personal.
As the economy dips and layoffs emerge, I take comfort as a former manager in knowing I won’t have to tell anyone they are losing their job.
That’s one of the few upsides to having been laid off myself earlier this year.
I was executive editor of the Omaha World-Herald after returning to my home state of Nebraska in January 2020 to lead its flagship newsroom following a 40-year career in daily news around the country.