From social taboos to long paid holidays, here's what it's like getting fired in 6 different countries
- When Americans get laid off, employers give them just hours to pack their belongings and leave.
- Other countries don't have the same approach. Germany lets laid off workers stick around for weeks after the fact, while
Swedenhas programs to help retrain fired employees and get them new jobs.
Japan, layoffs are even considered a social taboo.
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In other countries, however, this practice would be considered absurd - or even cruel. In Germany and other European nations, laid-off employees get weeks to stick around so they can finish projects and get a head start on applying to new jobs,
"Firing in the US is like pulling off a Band-Aid: you have a problem, you pull out the Band-Aid, it hurts a lot, and the problem's gone," she said. "In Europe, it's more like boiling a lobster: you put the lobster in, slowly the lobster cooks, and finally the time is done."
Here's what it's like to be fired in six different countries.