People come and people go. Sometimes they decide to leave a company, sometimes a company decides to fire them. This is a natural cycle and has been with us since the beginning of capitalism. What might have changed with human evolution and should be already a best practice in the 21st century, is the way how layoffs are communicated and executed. If you are a compassionate leader, you know that letting somebody go is painful. For the person who needs to leave but as well for the person making the decision. And nobody wants to be hurt or hurt another person.

In this brief guide How to approach layoffs with more empathy, you will discover six strategies to think about while planning and executing layoffs.  They will help you to clarify your personal strategy and prepare your mindset once you need to fire an employee or communicate and unpopular management decision.