I haven't heard anything about more layoffs any time soon, this is not about that. I'm curious in general about how the whole process plays out just to know what to expect in case I'm affected sometime in the future. I'm interested in details about severance – is it negotiable, for example, – whether you are given the reason for being laid off, and if you are provided with a letter of reference, among other things. Thank you in advance.
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What you have said is so true. During a regularly scheduled 1:1 my boss started with “bad news, your position has been eliminated.” I had just received an exceeds expectation performance review and a nice raise. I am over 50. It came as a shock. My boss told me to take a couple of days to absorb. I transitioned my responsibilities the next week and the remainder of the time I was given to search for other opportunities. My official term date is coming up and I will receive severance but it’s a pain to find another job. Very disappointing.
Severance is negotiable one way. Follow the rules or you lose it. Your manager cannot be a reference for you, at least not officially. And there is no letter of recommendation. They will just verify that you worked there if someone calls to ask.
The reason I got was "business needs have changed."
I logged in early in the morning and found an appointment for a "chat" with my manager later that morning. I had already sniffed out that layoffs were coming. And we had a layoff just a few weeks earlier. So I wasn't surprised...and yet I really was. I didn't think it would be me.
My manager was so clueless, he said I could just make some notes to transition my work and take the next two weeks off (until my official layoff date). Instead, I spent the next two weeks talking nearly constantly as I transferred the work, and working nights and weekends to get it all documented. I was stupid to do this, but I was afraid they would hold my severance if I left them in the mess they deserved. Meanwhile, most of my coworkers treated me like I was diseased and didn't even say condolences or goodbye. The severance check came the next paycheck after I signed the agreement.
I got as many medical things done as I could before my coverage ran out. Then I bypassed Cobra medical but did do the dental and vision. I went to Obamacare for medical and it saved me a ton of money.
The folks who do the career counseling after the layoff were great though and I had a new, better job in a few months, even during the pandemic. Good luck!
My boss offered to be a reference even though the reason for the lay off was I didnt have the skills for the jobs remaining after the reorganization. She even wanted to refer me to another position in the company. I said no thank you ma’am. I was the top performer in the department and out of the blue I was bottom of the barrel. And yes I was the oldest in the department. 58 at the time. It was time to move on and even in the middle of a pandemic I found another job and within 6 months of the new position I was promoted. There is always better out there. Always be prepared for some sort of harassment/mistreatment at UHG/OptumRx then you are never shocked when it happens. Don’t let let them run over you.
You receive a call from your boss along with a HR representative and told you are laid off. If you are over 40 you will receive a list of the job titles in your department who were laid off along with those who were not and everyone’s age. Also given so BS reason such as you don’t fit in the job anymore even if you received a good prior review. If you are 50 or over your chances of being eliminated is high even if you are a top performer. Best wishes.