How to Support Someone Who Just Lost Their Job
What can you do when a family member, friend, coworker, or roommate loses their job? One of the harshest ripple effects of the current global health crisis has been the disparate and astronomical economic disruption, resulting in (to skim the surface) volatile markets, shuttered businesses, pay cuts, and job layoffs and furloughs. As of May 7, more than 33 million Americans had filed for unemployment insurance during the seven-week span of lockdown, Business Insider reports.
So even if your own job is relatively secure right now, you likely know someone who's been let go (or about to be let go) as a direct result of the pandemic's economic impact. If this is the case, you'll want to know the best ways to support them during such a hard time. You may not be able to turn back time or lend them a year's salary, but there are tons of ways to be a source of comfort and advice while they get back on the right path toward a new role. LinkedIn career expert Blair Heitmann shares her best advice for what to do when someone you know gets laid off or furloughed.