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Their Friends Got Laid Off. Meet Silicon Valley's Rattled 'Survivors'


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Efforts to reward remaining employees are important in the wake of layoffs, especially when they will be asked to do more.

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Layoffs are unpleasant for everyone. But for a new generation of tech workers, many of whom have never experienced a severe economic downturn, even surviving layoffs brings its own set of unfamiliar challenges. Employees at companies that have had layoffs describe everything from cratered morale and productivity, to feelings of anger towards management and "survivor's guilt."

"For me it was . . . more just anger at management for firing, what I thought, was the wrong people," said a former Mozilla employee who had survived two rounds of layoffs. "It made me completely lose faith in the leadership team."

At a time when tech company employees are increasingly speaking up and protesting issues like workplace sexual harassment, equal pay, and return-to-work policies, anger over layoffs could add another match to an already combustible environment at some companies.

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