By Alaya Boykin
The popular film “Up in the Air,” starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, was released last year. In the film, Clooney and Kendrick’s characters work for a firm contracted by corporations that are looking to downsize. They travel around the country firing people in person and are also doing a trial run of laying off employees via video conferencing technology.
The film captures employees’ reactions to being fired by people they’ve never met, and what the future holds for them.
When firing workers, Clooney and Kendrick’s characters hand out a pamphlet and explain that their termination is simply a “career transition.”
Have you ever been fired by a hired gun? Did you feel humiliated by being let go by someone who didn’t actually work for the same company as you? Have you ever been given a pink slip by someone who told you that he or she understood what it felt like to be fired?
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