Termination is always painful, whether it’s for cause or part of a business slump. Employees who are fired or laid off often have negative feelings about the company and some could act out their anger in damaging or violent ways.
Of course, you can try to ease the pain by handing out generous severance packages, outplacement benefits and counseling. Give out written information about the support the company will give and let employees know you are providing cushions, even though you aren’t legally required to. But don’t expect these provisions to satisfy all distraught ex-employees.