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Layoffs hurt everyone

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: In a layoff, who is usually more stressed?

  • The worker losing their job, 82%
  • The manager delivering the bad news, 18%

It’s obviously way more fun to hire people than let them go, and studies have found that managers who have to handle layoffs experience physical signs of stress. Still, I’m with the majority of you who think the person who no longer has a paycheck has the worse of this stick.

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