How to prepare yourself for a layoff

“I learned a long time ago to save files and forward to my home e-mail on a regular basis.”

Anonymous@7:36 a.m., commenting on laid-off managers being denied access to their computer files. (More tips.)

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7 Responses to “How to prepare yourself for a layoff”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t get it. How does saving files protect you against layoffs?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Please reread the post… doing so prepares you for a layoff.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    How does anyone have time to do any personal business while at work? If you don’t do personal business, you have no personal files on a work computer to worry about, do you?

  4. Jim Hopkins Says:

    Thanks, 1:07 pm. But 12:03 pm was also correct. I changed the hed to make it more clear — before all our comments began crossing each other.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    To 2:07 p.m.

    Sure, and if I wasn’t spending 24/7 at work because I am salaried and Gannett can run me into the ground, I wouldn’t HAVE to do personal business at work.

    I would welcome a layoff.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    This is not about saving personal files. This is about forwarding samples of your work to your home e-mail(i.e., special projects, programs developed & successfully implemented, policies, procedures, etc.). These are items that you may find helpful in another position/company and you don't want to reinvent the wheel. Think of designers who create sales campaigns and add them to their portfolio or reporters who keep copies of investigative reporting or articles that have won awards.

  7. XCountry Says:

    You can be sure there are more layoffs to come across the media landscape.

    Saving files is as much about saving your email contacts as files. As a GateHouse Media layoff, I was allowed to copy my files to a Free Agent file (cheaper per gig than thumb drives). While job hunting, my past contacts have been invaluable.

    Moving forward, I’ll likely use past files as a reference so I don’t have to keep reinventing wheels. My brain is just too full of the issues of the day to remember some of the valuable work done in the recent past.

    I appreciate your paper-by-paper list. Is there anywhere that the “no longer employed” can log-in so we can all stay in touch?

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