• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

What to Say When Your Colleague Is Laid Off

Posted in:

What to Say When Your Colleague Is Laid Off

DO: Send an e-mail that reads, "I've really enjoyed working with you, and I wish you all the best," advises Lucinda Holdforth, author of Why Manners Matter: The Case for Civilized Behavior in a Barbarous World.
DON'T: Send an e-mail that reads, "Mind if I make a copy of your client list?"

DO: Offer to help pack up her office. "Just be discreet about it," says Holdforth.
DON'T: Offer to take that customized ergonomic chair off her hands before Eve from marketing gets her mitts on it.

DO: Pass along career contacts.
DON'T: Pass along a condolence card signed by everyone in your department.

DO: Respect her privacy. "It's totally inappropriate to ask about severance or the details of her layoff," says Holdforth.
DON'T: Wonder aloud, "Do you think it had anything to do with the time you expensed our martinis at Koi?"

DO: Call her to see how she's doing.
DON'T: Call her to bitch about your boss — her former employer — grousing, "You're so lucky not to have this problem anymore."
Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
Unlimited Brunch!

Unlimited Brunch!

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.