My boss was fired a month ago & I'm just hearing from HR
August 18,2020 at 2:20PM UTC
Last month, my boss was laid off as my company was shaking up its management team. My current department is now a small team of three and we've been especially struggling ever since my boss was fired. Today, HR asked to "check in" with me to see how things were going without my boss. It's been a month and I was struggling (at least emotionally) the most right when it happened, and I feel like it's strange that no one from HR checked in with me back then.
Has anyone experienced something like this? I can't tell if it's my fault for not reaching out to HR earlier, but I was really overwhelmed and coping with the loss of my boss.
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