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  • Writer's pictureOmi Bell

3 Tips for Navigating the Emotional Toll of Laying People Off

Updated: Apr 2

Hello OmiHomies,

Welcome to another edition of FearLess Weekly! If you're reading this, chances are you, like me, have experienced the heart-wrenching challenge of laying off team members. As a fellow CEO navigating these stormy seas, I get it. It's not just a business move; it's a deeply personal journey that can leave us feeling a bit lost.

So, let's chat about it – heart to heart – and explore a few down-to-earth tips to help us steer through this emotional rollercoaster:

1. Heart-to-Heart Communication:

  • Imagine you're chatting with a friend. Lay it out plainly – why the layoffs, what steps were taken to avoid them, and the exciting vision you have for the company’s future.

  • Create a safe space for your team to share their thoughts and feelings. Encourage questions; let them know you're in this together.

  • Be a guiding light by offering support resources like counseling or help with job placement. It's not just business; it's personal, too.

2. Long-Term Vision, not Tunnel Vision:

  • Imagine your business is a road trip, and yes, you might hit a detour (layoffs). But keep your eyes on the destination – your long-term goals and dreams for the company.

  • Share the roadmap with your team. What's the plan moving forward? How does each team member fit into the big picture? A little clarity can go a long way.

  • It's not a setback; it's a set-up for a powerful comeback. Remind yourself and your team of the exciting journey ahead.

3. Give Yourself a Hug – Practice Self-Compassion:

  • Admit it, CEOs are superheroes, but even superheroes need a break. Acknowledge your emotions without being too hard on yourself. You're human, after all.

  • Reflect on the positive steps you're taking. You're making tough decisions because you care about the company and its people. That's worth celebrating.

  • Reach out to your entrepreneur pals or mentors. Share stories, swap advice, and remind each other that it's okay not to have all the answers.

  • Take care of your well-being. Whether it's a jog in the park, a moment of mindfulness, or just a good laugh with friends and family – these are your superpowers.

In Conclusion:

Laying off team members is a wild ride, and as a CEO, I'm right there with you. By having heart-to-heart communication, keeping the long-term vision in focus, and giving ourselves a bit of self-compassion, we're not just navigating the storm; we're steering toward a brighter future. Tough decisions are a part of the journey, and by approaching them with authenticity and empathy, we're not just CEOs; we're leaders who care.

Onward and upward!

Thank you for being an OmiHomie!

Stay Fearless, Stay True, Stay You!

With curiosity and authenticity,


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