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Telling a team member they no longer have a place at your company is always difficult. But perhaps the most difficult is when you have to lay off people who have done nothing wrong.
In our last article, we looked at how to handle firing a really nice person. But what about when you’re faced with a termination that doesn’t have a personal cause? How do you handle parting ways when it’s the result of layoffs?
We have dealt with this at Vanderbloemen as we work with clients who have large teams. We even see it at Christian organizations. Just because a team is faith-based doesn’t mean it isn’t a business that faces challenges.
Every year across the United States, several thousand churches close their doors, according to research from Thom Rainer. Five years ago, when Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington closed its doors, our COO Sutton Turner was serving as their Executive Pastor (the church equivalent to a COO). It was one of the more public in modern history because it was widely reported across social media, websites, and blogs. Sutton says one of the greatest lessons he learned while at Mars Hill was to lead layoffs with grace, and not just as a professional.
Here’s some insight from Sutton and our experience as leaders about how to gracefully handle terminations:
1. Prepare for the difference between a layoff and a termination.
A layoff, unlike a termination, will come as a shock to the staff member. Even though you might have been watching the financial numb
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