woman carrying box of belongings down stairs with another womanBy Amanda Greene Kelly
If you haven't lost a job yourself, you probably know someone else who has. And while layoffs are as prevalent as ever, talking about this touchy subject with a newly unemployed friend can be tough. "Much like when someone passes away, others often are at a loss as to what to say," says Jodi R. R. Smith, president of Mannersmith etiquette consulting firm and author of From Clueless to Class Act . "They want to say something--but some comments are more thoughtful than others." Read on for nine common-yet surprisingly offensive--comments that newly unemployed people often hear, and learn what supportive things to say instead. Photo by: Getty Images
"But you hated that job, didn't you?"
Similar to the platitude "You're better off without them," a statement like this can come across as a feeble attempt to soften a major blow. While you might be trying to help your friend see the bright side, says Smith, you're really diminishing her loss. "Sure, IRead More »from 9 Things Never to Say to Someone Who's Lost Her Job