On Tuesday, it was announced that 960 LinkedIn employees were being laid off. Many of them are my Linkedin Learning Account Executive counterparts and my Sales Development Partners…
It’s crazy to think about exactly a year ago from today we were all in Vegas celebrating thousands of LinkedIn employees.
It was my second week of work, and I still haven’t met everyone yet. I never anticipated that in just one year, so much can happen and change. Change is a constant, haven’t gone through many company layoffs I’ve been through some of these moments that have dramatically changed my life. Looking back at it, it’s always interesting to see that everything happens for a reason, but during it seems like the world is getting flipped upside down like a figure in a snow globe.
This week has been a tough week for many of us. I was reflecting on all of the amazing relationships and partners I’ve worked with who were let go. It’s always tough when you see some of the people whom you speak with every day at work leave the company. Anyone who has been through a break up which is probably most of us knows how I am feeling. I’m grateful for the experiences of working with and partnering with many of these fantastic kind souls.
LinkedIn does a great job of hiring genuinely good people. The cultural values here are unlike many of the organizations I’ve ever seen. There is a sense that revenue matters as an Account Executive, but it’s not the only thing that matters here and for that, I am grateful for.
We are also measured on leverage and leadership, and that something that is important to Linkedin culture and values. It’s hard not to think of yourself as one of those who could have been affected. I am grateful that I am still here because I know that LinkedIn is doing so much to help millions of people find jobs regularly. It’s rewarding to know that your company is doing meaningful work out there.
To all of you who have been affected by this layoff, I remember feeling so devastated when I have been let go from three different companies. It was extremely painful every single time.
What I would recommend is to take some time to yourself before rushing into another role and truly think about what you want to do and who you want to be- the impact that you would like to make in the world. In the past, I’ve rushed from job to job quickly without honestly assessing what I wanted to do.
In these times, it’s hard to not think about making a living and being able to pay the bills. I’m lucky that I’ve experienced so many layoffs with so many of the companies I’ve worked at to see how LinkedIn handled it shows the quality of the people and the leadership team. I’ve seen it done in ways that I cannot speak out loud. They really do leave a sour taste in employee’s mouths.
Some of my closest friends at LinkedIn were affected, Ivana, Shantel, and Bonnie- Thank you so much for all that you do for LinkedIn. I’m so fortunate to have been able to work with you and partner with you so closely. For anyone who just needs someone to talk to I’ve gone through hundreds of hours of coaching and have coached many people to their next plays, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for all that you do for the world, and I know you all impact so many lives in the near future.
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Davidson Hang is currently in Sales at Cheetah Digital which is a Marketing technology company located in NYC.
Davidson is an avid networker, personal growth- life and business coach.
He loves spreading the love and regularly helps people create and design the life they want for themselves.
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