none of my coworkers have contacted me after my layoff

by Alison Green on October 31, 2019 A reader writes: I was laid off a few months ago. My position was eliminated after reorganization, so it wasn’t due to any performance issues. In the weeks that followed, of the 200+ people in the company, three former coworkers emailed to ask how I was doing. Don’t…

by Alison Green
on October 31, 2019

A reader writes:
I was laid off a few months ago. My position was eliminated after reorganization, so it wasn’t due to any performance issues. In the weeks that followed, of the 200+ people in the company, three former coworkers emailed to ask how I was doing. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely grateful to hear from them, and told them so. Still, none were from my department. I had a great relationship with most of the employees, including a few who were people I’d call friends … never heard from any of them.
Why do people cut all ties with someone who’s been let go, even through no fault of their own? Is it some kind of fear of a kiss of death? Do they think they’ll get into some kind of legal trouble? I’ve heard of the same thing happening to people who get a debilitating disease or injury. Ironically, everyone’s happy to be a LinkedIn contact, though some don’t use it much.
I’m still processing feelings of betrayal and want these former “friends” to know how hurtful their silence has been, even though I’ll likely never see them again. How is it that we spend a third of our lives with people and are willing to forget they existed at the drop of a hat? Is this a common thing?
It’s actually a lot more common than you’d think.
Part of is that many people are uncomfortable with bad news and handle it by … doing nothing. (Just look how many people don’t get in touch when someone’s loved one dies.) They don’t know what to say,
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Incredibly Stable Company WeWork Appears To Be Investing In Incredibly Stable Industry: Esports

With its dying breath, it looks like startup-turned-laughing-stock WeWork is investing in esports.Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that WeWork filed a trademark with the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office for “Play By We.” The application describes “entertainment services in the nature of online video game playing and esports,” “esports contests” and “providing facilities for video…

With its dying breath, it looks like startup-turned-laughing-stock WeWork is investing in esports.Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that WeWork filed a trademark with the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office for “Play By We.” The application describes “entertainment services in the nature of online video game playing and esports,” “esports contests” and “providing facilities for video gaming events.”WeWork carved out a name for itself renting shared office space and tech services and, in August, was valued as high as $47 billion. After the company’s shady business practices and managers’ incompetence were exposed by its SEC filing, WeWork’s valuation plummeted to $8 billion and the company delayed its initial public offering. Far be it from us to give investment advice to a company that managed to bungle its IPO despite a $7.5 billion SoftBank investment, but WeWork isn’t the only fraying brand doing this. The retailer GameStop, whose share price has plunged and is closing 200 stores, is doubling down on its esports investment this year, too. GameStop has looked into “home-grown e-leagues,” esports education programming and tournament sponsorships. GameStop also opened an 11,000-square-foot arena called the GameStop Performance Center in Frisco, Texas, for the esports team Complexity Gaming.
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Economic Report: U.S. jobless claims rise 5,000 to 218,000, California wildfires likely play a role

Working Americans are keeping the economy afloat. Strong consumer spending countered a big drop in business investment in the third quarter The numbers: The wildfires in California likely spurred an increase in the number of people who applied for unemployments benefits at the end of October, but layoffs across the U.S. remained extremely low in…

Working Americans are keeping the economy afloat. Strong consumer spending countered a big drop in business investment in the third quarter The numbers: The wildfires in California likely spurred an increase in the number of people who applied for unemployments benefits at the end of October, but layoffs across the U.S. remained extremely low in a good sign for the economy. Initial jobless claims, a rough way to measure layoffs, rose by 5,000 to 218,000 in the seven days ended Oct. 26, the government said Thursday.

Economists polled by MarketWatch estimated new claims would total a seasonally adjusted 215,000. Read: Consumer sentiment shows Americans still fairly optimistic What happened: Raw jobless claims — the actual number of applications filed — posted the biggest increase in California, where wildfires and power outages kept many people from working. They also rose by at least 1,000 in Virginia, Georgia, New York and Ohio. The government adjusts jobless claims to account for th
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JUUL’s Corporate Overhaul Is Starting to Get Ugly

Like the origin story of many technology upstarts, JUUL’s is set to be enshrined in myth. It was sort of like creating a social network in a Harvard dorm room, except here it was two Stanford graduate students, James Monsees and Adam Bowen, who said they thought of it while they took cigarette breaks on…

Like the origin story of many technology upstarts, JUUL’s is set to be enshrined in myth. It was sort of like creating a social network in a Harvard dorm room, except here it was two Stanford graduate students, James Monsees and Adam Bowen, who said they thought of it while they took cigarette breaks on campus. (The pair first developed a vaporizer, under the auspices of Pax Labs, that is now catered toward weed.) “Look, [cigarette] smoking hasn’t evolved in 100 years,” Bowen told Fast Company last winter. “It’s killing millions of people. We’re at the risk of suffering the same fate, and we want to work on this: How do you create a new ritual to replace the old one?” Since their signature nicotine product went to market in 2015, just like so many other players at the intersection of tech and big business, JUUL has come to face the inevitable need to “pivot.” As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, the company has been planning to cut some 500 jobs by the end of 2019 as it braces for a federal flavor ban on vaping products—and as it prepares an application for official recognition by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That coveted stamp of official approval is what’s known as a premarket tobacco product application, or PMTA. It’s the type of regulatory OK traditional businesses might be certain to get before going to market, but that 21st-century tech companies like Uber and JUUL often don’t bother with. The same day the layoff news broke, BuzzFeed News reported that a former JUUL executive, Siddharth Breja, alleged in a lawsuit that the company’s previous leadership shipped out contaminated and year-old pods, and that he was let go in retaliation for raising objections after the fact. JUUL has called these claims “baseless.” What, exactly, Breja alleges those rogue pods were contaminated with, and whether they had anything to do with vaping-linked illnesses that broke out across the country in recent months and have mostly been tied to THC carts, was not clear. Conversations with industry insiders suggested staff turnover and recrimina
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As Juul announces mass layoffs, a new lawsuit alleges it shipped a million contaminated pods

A lawsuit filed a by former Juul executive alleges that the company knew a batch of contaminated e-liquid had been used in about one million pods shipped to retailers earlier this year, but did not inform customers. The lawsuit, first reported by BuzzFeed, was brought by Siddharth Breja, former senior vice president of global finance…

A lawsuit filed a by former Juul executive alleges that the company knew a batch of contaminated e-liquid had been used in about one million pods shipped to retailers earlier this year, but did not inform customers. The lawsuit, first reported by BuzzFeed, was brought by Siddharth Breja, former senior vice president of global finance at Juul from May 2018 to March 2019, who alleges he was fired after complaining about the contaminated pods.
News of the lawsuit comes the same day as Juul’s announcement it will lay off about 500 people, or 10% to 15% of its workforce, and the departure of four executives, including chief financial officer Tim Danaher. Juul is currently under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration, which claims the startup made misleading statements about its product and targeting of teens.
In the lawsuit, Breja claims that during a meeting on March 12, he learned a contaminated batch of mint e-liquid was used to make 250,000 refill kits, or a total of one million pods, that had already been shipped to retailers.
Breja alleges that when he
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Watch: Lionel Messi scores two, leads Barcelona to 5-1 rout of Valladolid

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal (Source: Reuters)It was one of those special nights for Lionel Messi, filled with beautiful goals, pinpoint assists and plenty of praise from teammates and opponents. Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona extended its winning streak and regained the Spanish league lead by…

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal (Source: Reuters)It was one of those special nights for Lionel Messi, filled with beautiful goals, pinpoint assists and plenty of praise from teammates and opponents.
Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona extended its winning streak and regained the Spanish league lead by comfortably defeating Valladolid 5-1 on Tuesday.
“We can only applaud and enjoy,” Valladolid captain Michel Herrero said.
Messi scored a goal in each half, including his 50th from a free kick, as Barcelona won its seventh straight game in all competitions since the Argentina star returned to the starting lineup after a long injury layoff.
“I don’t know what else to say,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We always know he will do something special. His talent can’t be compared to anything.”
Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez also scored at the Camp Nou Stadium to give Barcelona a two-point lead over Granada, which visits Getafe on Thursday. Atletico Madrid, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves on Tuesday, also stayed two points off the lead.
Barcelona has a game in hand because the “clasico” against Real Madrid last weekend was postponed until December becau
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How to Deal With Anxiety and Stress

Four steps to conquering the psychological roadblocks to success and happiness. October 29, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Anxiety is often a nebulous concept. We know it affects our emotions, but it’s difficult to describe. This is because anxiety feels different for everyone. You might feel uneasy. You…

Four steps to conquering the psychological roadblocks to success and happiness.

October
29, 2019

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Anxiety is often a nebulous concept. We know it affects our emotions, but it’s difficult to describe. This is because anxiety feels different for everyone. You might feel uneasy. You might feel light-headed or dizzy. Your heartbeat might escalate. You may experience hot flashes. Regardless of how anxiety affects you, it takes a heavy toll on your performance and stress levels. As a leader, you’re probably no stranger to it.Anxiety is ultimately a reaction to stress, and it’s commonly associated with rumination or obsessive thinking. It can even cause palpitations and tremors, and is closely related to what’s called anticipatory stress, which concerns thoughts of the future. Leaders experience anticipatory stress when they express worry about a future event like an upcoming presentation or board meeting. Remember Murphy’s Law? It’s the idea that if something can go wrong, it will.You probably wish you could deal with anxiety more effectively. Well, you’re in luck. Studies have found that the simple act of stroking a living creature (no matter if it is furry, fuzzy, slimy, scaly or hard-shelled) can reduce anxiety levels. Here are four key tactics you can apply to deal with anxiety and get back on track.  Read This: Stress-Less Leadership | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound1. Let go of the past.Anxiety happens when we’re stuck in the past. You can let go of the past by reflecting on your current situation. What does your present state look like? Try to put your imagination cap on and imagine and visualize a different and more effective outcome, and then another and another. The process of imagining yourself in different situations will catapult you out of the past. You sh
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TROUBLES: Layoffs at NBC…

NBC News Digital is expanding its staff by 20% over the next year, an addition of roughly 70 jobs across multiple departments — focused on growing its digital streaming service, Axios has learned. The big picture: The changes are meant to refocus NBC News’ video and reporting teams around daily news and custom content. As…

NBC News Digital is expanding its staff by 20% over the next year, an addition of roughly 70 jobs across multiple departments — focused on growing its digital streaming service, Axios has learned. The big picture: The changes are meant to refocus NBC News’ video and reporting teams around daily news and custom content. As a part of its digital revamp, the company will be sunsetting “NBC Left Field,” the digital video studio it launched in 2017 and staff from that department will be laid off Tuesday but will be working until the end of the year.These staffers will be able to apply for some of the new roles posting soon. Roughly a dozen staffers will be impacted. It will also be discontinuing the MACH specific brand, which is the science and tech vertical that NBC launched in 2017, although it will add staffing and resources to
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Cerrone to McGregor: ‘Sign the damn deal, man’

playShould McGregor’s return fight be against Cerrone or Gaethje? (1:38)Tyron Woodley explains why he likes Donald Cerrone, not Justin Gaethje, as a matchup for Conor McGregor in his return fight. (1:38)11:46 AM ETMarc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer Conor McGregor announced his UFC return for Jan. 18 in Las Vegas, but didn’t name his opponent. Now it…

playShould McGregor’s return fight be against Cerrone or Gaethje? (1:38)Tyron Woodley explains why he likes Donald Cerrone, not Justin Gaethje, as a matchup for Conor McGregor in his return fight. (1:38)11:46 AM ETMarc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer Conor McGregor announced his UFC return for Jan. 18 in Las Vegas, but didn’t name his opponent. Now it seems like one has emerged.ESPN reported last week that Donald Cerrone was the front-runner to fight McGregor, and Cerrone all but confirmed that Tuesday in a video interview with TMZ. Cerrone said a potential bout with the Irish star is “looking good.””I think it’s
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Hyundai appoints William Lee as global head of Genesis

SEOUL Hyundai on Tuesday named its former North American chief, William Lee, to oversee its premium Genesis brand following the departure of Manfred Fitzgerald to pursue new opportunities. Lee faces the challenge of rejuvenating Genesis sales in the U.S. mar…

SEOUL Hyundai on Tuesday named its former North American chief, William Lee, to oversee its premium Genesis brand following the departure of Manfred Fitzgerald to pursue new opportunities.
Lee faces the challenge of rejuvenating Genesis sales in the U.S. mar…
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