"We are sorry to report that you services are no longer needed. We have to let you go."
I find myself making the following statement often to those in my network affected by layoff or forced separation: “It’s not personal. Most people don’t wake up in the morning and relish in the idea that today they will make someone’s life miserable.” It is true there are those kinds of managers in the world. It is not true that it is the default temperament of these folks.
In the tipped-over employment world driven by the pandemic, everyone is hurting. Those who have lost their jobs hurt the most. Emotional, financial, social, and family elements are completely disrupted. It is easy to go there and take it personally.