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I had to layoff a great person from my agency. The pain in her eyes was crushing and I think it’s the last straw for me here. Having to let people go for performance is one thing, but this...

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If you can help her network and find a new gig that would go a long way for you and her. My former boss is not a big enough person to do that for me but asks others about me quite often.

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Curious, do you get to decide who gets laid off in situations like this? Or are you just a messenger of bad news? Also, I been laid off couple times before, as terrible as I may feel, I also feel for the person who has to deliver the news.

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I went through that a few months ago. It was horrible. I offered to take a pay cut to keep my star Director but no dice. I am so sorry, it is just so soul-crushing.

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Also GAD1 makes a good point. Connect her to people, be a reference, review her resumé. If you are in a network shop see if HR can hook her up with other shops who might be looking.

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AD1 - I made the decision of who, but it was due to the numbers. Laying people of never easy and I’ve had to be the one to do it for years. However, in this situation it just felt wrong. In the end, I’m just venting because constantly giving bad news is wearing on me.

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What GAD1 said. Reach out to and for her. You can help in other ways.

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Let me guess: Ogilvy

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What was the reason for the layoff, if not performance? Lost a client?

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Financial. The issue I have is that this is the 6th time in the last 18 months. 12+ people in total. Sinking ship and I find a way to save everyone.

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Sounds like my situation, but I’m the one about to go...

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Would love to know the reason, too. If not performance based, what was the reason?

Wow. That is a lot. Sorry you have to be put in that position

People are just numbers. If you're not tied to a billable workstream, bye 👋 that's our f-d up reality.

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