How to Navigate Termination

Apr 30, 2024 | Podcast

World at Work episode 76 how to navigate termination

“If termination occurs consider it as your opportunity to dig into what it is you loved about that role, what you loved about the organization, and then move forward taking a chance on something new.”

Life throws us curveballs, and sometimes that means facing termination from a job. While the thought of termination can be daunting, there are ways to navigate the transition with grace and strategy. The fear and uncertainty that come with termination can be paralyzing. If you find yourself in a situation like this, remember that you have options and support. There are some key steps to take that will help you from feeling stuck or lost.

  • Stay Gracious: Responding with grace during a termination can protect your professional reputation and leave the door open for future networking opportunities.
  • Safety First: If you’re not in the right headspace to drive after receiving shocking news, don’t hesitate to ask for a cab or call someone you trust for a ride.
  • Legal and Financial Consultation: Reach out to a lawyer or union representation to ensure fair treatment and help you explore possibilities such as severance packages. Also, immediately plan your finances to establish how much “runway” you have.
  • Find Your Next Step: Once you’ve processed the initial shock, it’s time to consider which roles will energize you moving forward.

If you haven’t been terminated, but you suspect termination is on the horizon, you may want to consider resignation. There are times that it may be appropriate to take matters into your own hands.

This episode is a must listen for anyone navigating termination or feels it coming. In addition, Best Culture Solutions offers advice and resources for those finding their next steps. Remember, you’re not alone, and sometimes an ending can lead to a new and fulfilling beginning.

Connect with Tim and his team:

Website: https://bestculturesolutions.ca/

LinkedIn: Best Culture Solutions, Inc

Instagram: @best.culture.solutions  

Email: tim@bestculturesolutions.ca

Key Moments

01:07 Changing perceptions about termination and its impact.

03:58 Good leadership prevents surprise, but the reality is still shocking.

06:40 Accept the situation with grace, while calling for support.

09:43 Seek union advice or get a lawyer to review fairness and options.

15:30 Review and create a detailed personal finance plan “runway”.

17:25 Get clarity on your options and make your next career move.


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