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How does your company issue pink slips to employees? Can you tell if it's involuntary

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How does your company issue pink slips to employees? Can you tell if it's involuntary

At my employer, I believe it's a quick discussion with an HR representative, repossession of the corporate laptop, and then getting shown out of the door. Then a manager goes cleans up the office or cubicle.

Our group still gets the canned email notification from management that our previous colleague had chosen to pursue a career outside the organization. I guess one telltale sign of it being involuntary would be the lack of dissemination of a personal farewell usually accompanied by a personal contact information (to the entire team) two-weeks prior to the last day at work. Some of these canned notifications come in too abruptly for it to be voluntary.

I don't like these kinds of surprises so would like to get some understand how it's done elsewhere and be best prepared. Gulp. I check my email everyday but that is pointless as I have to show up to work for the forced exit interview anyway and return my corporate laptop.

Anyway, hoping that people reading this post will not be affected by any restructuring and best of luck to all of us at a time when even federal government jobs are being cut back.
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alanbrenton wrote: At my employer, I believe it's a quick discussion with an HR representative, repossession of the corporate laptop, and then getting shown out of the door. Then a manager goes cleans up the office or cubicle.

Our group still gets the canned email notification from management that our previous colleague had chosen to pursue a career outside the organization. I guess one telltale sign of it being involuntary would be the lack of dissemination of a personal farewell usually accompanied by a personal contact information (to the entire team) two-weeks prior to the last day at work. Some of these canned notifications come in too abruptly for it to be voluntary.

I don't like these kinds of surprises so would like to get some understand how it's done elsewhere and be best prepared. Gulp. I check my email everyday but that is pointless as I have to show up to work for the forced exit interview anyway and return my corporate laptop.

Anyway, hoping that people reading this post will not be affected by any restructuring and best of luck to all of us at a time when even federal government jobs are being cut back.
It's a pretty common process. My company is the same. Generally, the email notification for involuntary departure is short and to the point "As of {DATE}, ABC is no longer with team FGD. We wish him/her well in his/her future endeavours."

As for preparation, leave sensitive personal artifacts at home, minimize non-work related activities on corporate laptop. Absolutely no personal stuff on the work file share.
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at my previous job, I found that more and more of my responsibilities were being transferred to the new hires (at half my wages) under the guise of "training the new hires". My salary was 50k, and they hired 2 people @ 25k each for the job.

I got the hint and resigned, without "training" them. It was not an easy task for the new hires as they desperately tried calling me on my home number so many times to get help......I never answered those calls though.

One of the best decisions I ever made, I resigned. Found a better paying job right away with the goodies. It was hell while it lasted.
Good riddance.

I guess the thing to do is not to be scared, but to take it head-on and embrace the temporary freedom. Then you go for the other opportunities you would not have thought much about while you were employed. Say thanks to them for giving you the chance to pursue different things. Leave with a good rapport as you may need to use the reference......trust me, a lot of jobs get decided on the "reference checks", specially govt or semi.
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Two managers escort the employee from their desk, and that's the last you see of them inside the office. Their network access is revoked, and the office admins clean out the desk later, sending any personal affects by courier to the former employee's residence.

At a former company I worked at, the senior manager was sitting in his office at 8am, and I said good morning. When I walked by his office 90 minutes later, it had been completely cleaned out except for furniture. No formal announcement was made.
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Involuntary can mean - two things fired or laid off. In any case, you can never tell because the company never notifies the person in advance, and thus, the person never has the ability to let others know that they are leaving.

The only thing that I could think of is when someone leaves mid week - as in general - most companies lay off people on friday to reduce the likelihood of "incidents". Meaning that companies were forced to take action in advance.
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Depending on the position/responsibilities and if they are going to a competitor, someone putting in their resignation can easily be walked straight out the door the same as someone being fired/laid off.

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