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The 10 best things about being laid off

There are plenty of bad things about a layoff situation -- but you may discover there are some good things, too. Here's what members came up with when challenged to look on the bright side.

Our recent article on The 10 worst things about being laid off offered a wry look at some of the damage that can occur when you're caught in a workforce reduction. (I just love that expression.) Sonja Thompson took the discussion in a different direction on the TechRepublic Facebook page when she challenged folks to find the silver lining in a layoff situation.

Several people jumped in with a positive spin. Here are 10 good things that can happen when you're laid off. See if this list reflects your experience.

From Jason Shepard:

1: More time for catch up on home renovations and long-postponed projects

2: More time to spend with the family

From Famia Marx:

3: No boss except yourself

4: No more worrying about an impending layoff

5: Discovering you can get by with less; getting the most out of what you have

6: More time to volunteer

7: Opportunities to improve your resume and hone your interview skills

8: Time and a possible incentive to start your own business

9: A chance to upgrade your skills

From Josh Wilkie:

10: Severance pay

Your turn

What (if any) positive experiences have you had after being laid off?

About

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

24 comments
ivoyhip
ivoyhip

That is the best option for looking for a new job. I do not need to worry any interview phone calls during my office hours. I do not need to make any excuses to attend interviews.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

Although there is a little more work involved to work for your self, consulting is the way to go. Besides all the items already on the list you could add: 1. You don't have to deal with office politics. 2. If you are one of those people that doesn't like certain types of people, you can just have to put up with them for the length of the assignment. 3. You get a better view of the way things are done by moving from company to company. Just like the journeymen of old. 4. You get the freedom to turn down things you would rather not do. 5. And if you are good at what you do, the pay is much better, much, much better. In parting I will also mention all the silly rules. I once worked at a bank testing their software and the employees had to wear suits. I didn't. Once one of them got his knickers in a knot about it and took it to management. He was told in no uncertain terms to back off or HE would get fired, because I was more valuable to the effort than he was. It is nice to be valued.

JCharavda
JCharavda

Those are all sounds like "excuses" to make one "happy" then real reasons!

wfsaccounting
wfsaccounting

Although I was pretty upset when I was laid off, I found myself enjoying catching up with "home" things that had been put off for so long. When my boss recalled me after only eight weeks, I was really not all that excited about going back to the office. However, upon my return he made it very clear that he did not want to do my job nor could he. Now I am in the position of being able to ask for a raise that I haven't had in three years and the respect that my position deserves.

ubu.lais
ubu.lais

Time to read and process all of the information available from TechRepublic.

cmhatte
cmhatte

Sometimes its just really nice to do NOTHING

Marco Parillo
Marco Parillo

It can be great to catch up with long-neglected friends and former colleagues. Just make sure that you are not asking THEM to directly help you...you are just exploring ideas, brainstorming, seeking another person to meet (think degrees of separation).

djforster
djforster

Not feeling ill every day due to the inconsistancies of the management DJF

atiqmassan
atiqmassan

After being laid off as a Lawyer; THESE are my 10 steps and maybe the 11th when i reach the 10: 1) Free time to catch up with the new technologies. 2) Play Online FPS and simulator games to the fill of heart. 3) download and watch the unknown skills of IT from youtube. 4) search out tips and tricks of your field. 5) search out and advise yourself on the mistakes that led to lay off. 6) make planned course of action for not taking any other lay off; this includes preparing any plan to do anything to save from lay off. 7) Take industrial courses that have long been pending and needed time to indulge in. 8) Start up a website with linux as OS and open source packages as the application drafts. 9) Have all the time to learn by experimentation on OS related problems. Such as migrating from MS to Linux while the whole system is kept running on 24/7 including databases. 10) last but not the least is add new certifications of technologies that were never your domain. for e.g. if you are MCITP take linux, after linux take Cisco series and after Cisco take Oracle DBA and Design series. while you are at it learn Java and C#, HTML or related tech will come automatically as this is a heck of a crazy job to do. If you succeede in all the above then step 11 comes in which is the most important: 11) Get out of mental hospital and work in some other field which may be stupid but not as crazy as this is. I hope no one is crazy enough like me to follow the 10 steps I am following.

martin52104
martin52104

unemployment paid for my skills upgrade to MCSE certification. now to just find a job......

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

I think that number 4 is on the ball. I have been in the situation where we knew the layoff was coming and when it finally came, there was some relief to it. I also think that number 2 is very important. One of the things that I did when my kids were laid off was to take them to and from school. I really enjoyed the time that I had with my kids.

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

Except for all of the things in the honey-dew jar... ;-)

efs710920mex
efs710920mex

It's happended twice to me. After being laid off I managed to get a better position.

tr
tr

Every job has traits that annoy or in some cases depress the workers. Who has never had a job where they did not dream of a better job? If you get laid off, you can now hunt down that dream job. Some people want to go after a different job, but they are not ready to accept the risk of financial burden by leaving their current job. They may have debts, or family expectations to manage. If they get laid off, they are not accepting the risk of no income, they are resolving the issue.

Nidlog
Nidlog

ha ha, that's so true!

moore-margaret
moore-margaret

Those 2 really hit home.....I was laid off last year but got another job soon after. Well, the signs are there that this one may not last for very long, so I've been doing everything I can to move on and not get sucked into the quagmire....

Madsmaddad
Madsmaddad

In the six months that I was out of work, I virtually gave up using the car and cycled into town every day to read the papers (and job ads) at the library, pick up a few groceries, and cycle home. I enjoyed the cycle rides, which got longer as I got fitter, and lost nearly 30 pounds. My new job came from one of the local papers, not a national. It was also very relaxing.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I have always seen it as a doorway to a new beginning. In fact getting laid off is exciting for that reason, what does the future hold? It seems easy enough to always move forward, make more money and do somthing oyu like even more. Last time I was laid off I thanked the manager and skipped out the door, on to bigger and better things. Sometimes it's just that little nudge you need to avoid complacency.

mfeldhandler
mfeldhandler

and become a line cook where you work hard, satisfy your customers and actually accomplish something.

santeewelding
santeewelding

You show the stuff for which I admire you so.