Nov 16, 2008

Layoff triggers murder

At a Silicon Valley semiconductor firm SiPort a man laid off recently from his job shot and killed three formerco-workers at an office park on Friday. Two of the 3 killed were the company's CEO Sid Agrawal and Brian Pugh the VP of operations.

This is really sad news.

While most employees can deal with layoffs in a mature way (provided the organization has been fair and transparent) they still go through the cycle of Surprise, Anger, Rejection before finally Accepting the bad news. Yes, it's known as the SARA model.

As a manager or HR professional you have to realise that sometimes an employee if not supported to go through the normal cycle, he/she can suppress the emotions and erupt in a totally different and unpredictable way.