A few years ago, during the first string of layoffs in tech, I started writing a post on how to plan a layoff. They weren’t as common as they are now. I stopped halfway through because I naively thought, “oh, all the layoffs are over.” And then they just kept coming. Soon, I found myself sending the draft to more and more founders and
Excellently written article. I absolutely loved your list of hard questions, how you pointed out that layoffs should first be strategic, and the exercise of rebuilding the company from the ground up.
Loved the bit about avoiding layoffs by thoughtfully planning headcount in the first place and justifying that headcount with revenue numbers. Bookmarked, thank you!