The required quarantine and closure of thousands of small, medium and large-sized firms due to the Covid-19 corona
virus pandemic has changed life for billions of people around the globe, in just a few months since the start of the year during
2020. Consequently, some firm executives announced that they would close parts of their operations and facilities, while
laying off thousands of workers to prevent companies from going bankrupt. While some firms and managers have terminated
or laid off their employees through a very socially responsible or ethical means, others have not been able to be as sensitive.
Consequently, in this conceptual literature-based paper, using real-time data regarding infection and death rates from the United
States and various countries in the state of Florida, we discuss some of the challenges stemming from Covid-19 coronavirus
and its corollary layoffs along with discussions about those who are involved in corporate employee terminations, bankruptcies
and job transitions, some of which can serve as best practices, while other examples might be something that human resources
professionals and managers should avoid in the future.
Layoffs have proven to be a highly traumatic experience not only for the employees directly affected, but also for the
remaining workers in the organization, and even for top management. This explains why it is imperative for human resource
professionals within the company to carefully orchestrate this practice of layoffs, in order to minimize the negative consequences
and facilitate a successful economic journey throughout the layoff process.
The conclusion is that while providing a robust economic stimulus package might be necessary to assist those who have
lost their jobs, it is not sufficient to curb the negative impact of Covid-19 on the economy; therefore, government policymakers
should strategically assist hospitals, schools, and local leaders through a national and cohesive collective plan to effectively
test, treat and trace the contacts of infected individuals so they can self-isolate in order to reduce and eliminate the spread of
this virus. Furthermore, using unique examples and approaches from Canada and the United States, we offer examples, best
practices, and recommendations for public sector policy-makers, organizations and managers on various approaches to help laid
off employees’ transition to new opportunities in a socially responsible and professional manner.
American government response; Canadian
government response; Covid-19; Covid-19 stress impact; Layoffs;