Navigating Layoffs: A Delicate Balancing Act

The intricacies of handling layoffs go beyond the obvious challenges. A recent LinkedIn survey sheds light on the typical execution, where HR leads the process, with the CEO, legal department, and PR as crucial partners. The questions surrounding layoffs are numerous – should employees be warned beforehand? Who gets the news first? How long should discussions about layoffs persist post-implementation?


In my dual role as a recruiter and President of Benchmark Search, my focus is typically on re-hiring rather than navigating layoffs. However, staying informed about how companies manage these challenging situations is crucial for my understanding and ability to assist job seekers effectively.


Every layoff scenario is unique, and as a leader contemplating this path, it’s imperative to delve into the detailed LinkedIn report (available here) for valuable insights.

Navigating layoffs demands transparency, empathy, and strategic communication. Understanding the human impact of these decisions is essential for maintaining trust within the organization and safeguarding its reputation.


Troy Ashby, CPA
President, Benchmark Search



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