In Ukraine only, around 194,500 people deal with loss of job every year. Businesses and organisations all over the world are forced to lay off people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The impact on people is significant. When people lose their job, they lose their income. It affects how people perceive their own identity, and impacts their overall wellbeing.
As can be seen in the data, people take self-action when an employment problem emerges. They start to have conversations with their bosses. Employers might be able to help people in finding new sources of income, by offering recommendations or a different job position.
When people are dismissed, many questions arise. Asking the right questions and finding out the ‘why’ is important, as it will help people to grow and improve. After gathering information, people start negotiating the terms of their departure with their employer, such as severance pay and an extension of healthcare benefits. This can be a difficult, emotional and legalistic process.
If there is doubt around reasons for dismissal, people often seek help from a lawyer or other legal professional. There is a possibility that employers lay people off in an unjust and unreasonable way. Employees might have received wrong notice and/or are denied fair compensation to dismissal. They might have been discriminated against. A severe employment conflict arises.
Conflicts need to be resolved. A third party can help with this. There are apps that can inform people about their rights. A lawyer or mediator can support in finding solutions together, and a specialized judge can make decisions where needed.