Last week, a young woman who had worked at a web security company recorded the entire ordeal of her own process of being laid off. It’s an excruciating 20 minutes you can find online if you look. But don’t bother, frankly. It goes pretty much the way you expect it to.
She demands an explanation for her termination, but the two unseen representatives from corporate human resources deliver only infuriating HR-speak: We hear and understand that this is a difficult moment, your performance metrics unfortunately did not reach the standard we expect, that sort of thing. The young woman is upset, briefly near tears, but resolute in her response: she wants to know why, exactly, after only a few months of employment and basically positive feedback from her superiors, her performance has been deemed unacceptable.
Personally, I take no sides. I’m