This is something that I've wanted to do for a long while and I've been putting it off for the right moment. With the impending announcements of Amgen and Merck layoffs, I feel like this is the right moment.
I would like to collect as many oral histories of layoffs in the chemical and pharmaceutical world as people will send me. I would also like to hear as much advice for people who will be laid off in the coming rounds (late 2011 through 2012) focusing on a few questions:
- What should you do the first week? Should you take a break? Jump right in to finding a new job?
- How can your family and friends help?
- Was the help the company offered you (outplacement, etc.) useful?
- What financial advice can you offer?
- What should/did you do?
- What should you NOT do?
- When did you start looking for another position?
- How painful was finding another position?
- What should someone be emotionally prepared for?
- How did you spend your typical day?
- What behaviors do you think were helpful or not helpful?
- Have you found new work? What was helpful there?
(I've never asked this, but I will this time: please consider e-mailing this post to your non-blog-reading colleagues. Thanks -- you guys are great.)
UPDATE: One more thing: anonymity guaranteed.
UPDATE II: To read all Layoff Project articles, click here.