Yes, it’s Possible to Have a ‘Good Layoff.’ This Engineering Manager Shares How

In the past few months of American economic uncertainty, it’s become more and more common for technologists to go through the unfortunate experience of getting laid off.

A less stable industry climate has led to tens of thousands of tech pros losing their jobs just this year alone. Whether you’re one small fish at a huge company like Meta or Twitter, or on a smaller local team like Gopuff or The Meet Group, layoffs are happening.

But it doesn’t have to be a wholly terrible experience, Nick McAvoy, a former early employee at Crossbeam, said during the Developers Conference at Philly Tech Week 2023 presented by Comcast. You may have heard his talks during past Philly Tech Week events, like about Crossbeam’s “bet on functional programing language Clojure.”