WeddingWire asked a range of experts spanning relationship psychology to the Work of Work for their perspectives on how to support a loved one through a layoff. Among those featured was Bert Miller, President and CEO of MRINetwork, who brought 25 years of experience supporting job seekers and leading his own companies to the sensitive topic that’s a very real concern for millions of Americans this year.
Bert’s advice? Don’t undermine your partner’s feelings. “Beyond genuine, non-judgmental support, remember that you bring a valuable perspective to the table. You weren’t recently laid off, so you have an objective, unemotional voice of reason.” Bert recommends sitting down with your partner to help bring that realism as you start to make a plan together. “Don’t undermine your partner’s feelings, but instead provide balance where they will struggle to find it themselves,” he explains. “Building a plan as partners will take the onus of responsibility off of their shoulders and protect your relationship.”
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