A lot of businesses have had to make tough decisions during COVID-19, including decisions that affect their people. Some of these decisions include cutting hours, cutting wages & lay-offs. Throughout my career, I’ve been affected by some of these decisions. The line that stuck with me the most, when I was being laid off by an HR manager, she said to me “this is a business decision”.
Sometimes you will have to make tough decisions and I’m not advocating that you shouldn’t, but when you’re making these tough decisions, you have an opportunity.
You have the opportunity to be human. You have the opportunity to build connection. You have the opportunity to be honest, open and transparent. You have the opportunity to be vulnerable.
You have the opportunity to be a leader.
Are you taking advantage of that opportunity or are you holding your people at arms length?