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When Employment Ends: Layoffs, Job Termination, Firing, Resignations

Employment ends for positive reasons such as a new job, a resignation or retirement. Employment also ends for more negative reasons such as layoffs, downsizing, job termination or firing. Whatever the reason for the job change, help is available to aid you in the transition. These resources will help you decide whether or when, or aid you in an involuntary job loss. Take a look.
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  2. Layoff Alternatives (7)
  3. Layoffs and Downsizing (17)
  4. Resigning From Your Job? (24)

What to Do When Employees Resign
Even the best employer has employees resign. No matter your work environment or your positive employee relationships, employees resign for reasons that are beyond your control. They resign for new jobs and better opportunities. They resign to return to school or move across the country. They resign because they want more money than you can...

What's Your Strategy for Keeping Your Job?
No matter your job or your industry, this year is a challenge for employment. In 2008, 48% of employers laid people off, according to a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) survey cited at CNNmoney.com.

In Danger of Getting Fired or Laid Off?
You can prepare yourself for your next layoff or employment termination before the fateful meeting. Here's how to see getting fired coming and what to do about it.

How to Prepare for Unemployment While Employed
If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’re probably still employed. That means that you have time to put your financial, social, and work affairs in order in case your employment status changes. You can prepare for unemployment while still employed. In fact, there is no better time to prepare for unemployment than while still employed. Use these ideas to prepare yoursel and your family f…

How to Handle an Employee Resignation
Have you ever had an employee resign? The resignation brings up a number of questions about how to handle the situation. Here's what to do.

How Do You Keep Your Job?
In the attached article, I discussed actions to take while you are still employed when you think your employment is in danger of termination. Do you have strategies to share about how to keep your job in the face of potential employment termination? In these economic times, keeping your job is the priority. Share your tips for keeping your job.

I Just Lost My Job: How Am I Going To Tell My Kids?
Have you experienced a job loss through a layoff or downsizing? Job loss and a job search are painful and upsetting for most people. Additionally, parents must tell family members about the job loss and mitigate their fears about the family, the income and the job search. Here are ten tips.

Buyouts are a common method for reducing the number and cost of employees. In a buyout, the employer offers some employees or all employees the opportunity to receive a large severance package in return for leaving their employment.

Sample Resignation Letter Stressing Future Plans
Need a sample resignation letter to use as you craft your own? This letter informs your employer about your future plans and why you are leaving.

Severance Pay
Why might an employer want to pay severance pay in a layoff situation? Find out about severance and see why an employee in a layoff might expect severance.

How to Fire an Employee: Legally, Ethically
While firing an employee is never fun, you can legally, ethically, and properly take the steps necessary to fire an employee. An employment ending must also look thoughtful and caring to the employees who remain. Here's how.

How to Respond to a Reference Check
Checking job or employment references is time-consuming and frequently unsatisfactory, as many employers, despite recent legislation, refuse to offer more than dates of employment, salary history and job title. Here is the format I use to check references. Take a look; it provides a format for reference checking that you'll find helpful.

Stop Being Miserable at Work
Are you unhappy at work? You can stop being miserable at work. You can take charge and get in control of the factors that make you miserable. If not, it's time to resign and move on. Find out more and make your choice.

Employment Terminations – How To Avoid Legal Problems
Need recommendations about how to legally and ethically fire an employee? Ask these questions before the termination meeting to make sure that the termination is fair, documented appropriately, and supportable. Then, follow these eight additional tips to make sure that the employee is treated with dignity and respect. You will minimize the possibility of a lawsuit.

Employee Termination from an IT Perspective
Firing an employee can be a thankless job, but the IT department must help. You need to restrict access to the company's information - before you terminate employment - to guard the safety an integrity of your data and information. Find out why and how the IT department needs to be involved in the termination.

How to Fire With Compassion and Class
Managers cite firing employees as the job they most hate to do. Sometimes, terminating a staff person’s employment is the best step to take for your organization. Sometimes terminating a person’s employment is the kindest action you can take for the person. In some circumstances, firing an employee is an immediate necessity for the safety and...

Poll: Why Do You Stick With Your Employer?

Perform Exit Interviews: Questions for Exit Interviews
Want feedback from an employee who has resigned about what your organization can do to improve? The exit interview allows you to find out. See sample questions.

4 Tips for Effective Exit Interviews
Are you looking for actionable feedback from employees who leave your organization? These four tips will help you make your exit interviews effective for your organization.

Rise Above the Fray: How to Deal With Difficult People at Work
Sometimes difficult people take such a toll that you decide that your best option is to find another job. Before you leave, or you fire the difficult person, try these 10 options.

Employment Ending Checklist
Employees leave your organization for good and bad reasons. On the positive side, they find new opportunities, go back to school, retire or land their dream job. Less positively, they are fired for poor performance or poor attendance or experience a layoff because of a business downturn. In each instance, you need an employment termination...

How to Write a Recommendation Letter
A recommendation letter plays a specific role in the world of Human Resources and employment. A recommendation letter is occasionally needed, but never preferred. Employers would rather speak directly with the former supervisors of their prospective employees. However, employers realize that direct communication is not always possible - hence...

How to Handle Pay and a Resignation?
We had an employee resign in a resignation letter and offer two weeks' notice. The employee's resignation was welcome and we indicated that his services would end that same day. When you suggest that the company pay for his time, does that mean the company pays for the additional two weeks time that was given as notice as if the employee had...

Exit Strategy
Did you and your current employer form a bad match? They happen for reasons including company culture and management style. If so, seek an exit strategy that allows you to move on without penalty or job search reference concern.

Pink Slip. What Next?
How to handle a lay-off, including benefits and unemployment information, and how to get on the fast-track to a new job. This is good information from Job Searching Guide Alison Doyle.

Legal Guide to Hiring and Firing
This legal guide, from Business Week, does an excellent job of discussing all aspects of hiring and firing including opinions and court decisions, issues relevant to only a few states. Is at-will employment really at will? Find out.

How Are You Preparing for Potential Unemployment - Preparing for Pote…
The employment market is fragile these days and unemployment may be only a paycheck away. Have you experienced a period of unemployment recently? Are you anticipating the probability of unemployment? Are you worried about the possibility of unemployment? If so, how are you preparing your family, your finances, and your life-style for unemployment? What do you wish you had done prior to your unemp…

Top 10 Reasons to Quit Your Job
Are you feeling increasingly unhappy about your job? Then, it may be time for you to quit your job. Or, address the issues that you dislike about your current career. Without leaving your job, you may be able to solve the problems. Take a look at these reasons to determine whether it's time to quit your current job. It may be time to quit your job.

Respond to Requests for Reference Checks
Providing a reference for a former employee should be simple and straightforward? Right? Sorry, in our litigious society, it's not. Here are guidelines about responding to requests for a reference check.

7 Tips for Compassionate Layoffs
These seven tips will help you accomplish necessary employee layoffs with compassion and empathy for both the employees you must lay off and for the employees who remain. Here's how to do layoffs with care.

Wrongful Termination
Do you think that you understand wrongful employment termination from a legal perspective? You might be surprised at what qualifies Here's what you need to know to avoid wrongful termination charges and lawsuits.

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