It is distressing, frustrating, and taxing to lose a job. Nonetheless, some workers have found an advantage in layoffs.

Significant layoffs can have a big negative impact on many people, including a loss of identity, confidence, health insurance, and financial security. But, for some people, going through a layoff might spark positive change. In a poll conducted by LinkedIn in December 2022 of more than 2,000 American employees, 27% of those who are laid off later consider their redundancy to be the best thing that has ever happened to them. Many people utilize this time to launch their own enterprises, find a new career they love, or reassess how they combine work and life. Recently laid-off workers may find inspiration from how these former employees have found possibilities they claim they wouldn’t have had without experiencing a job cut. Few people consider the potential benefits of being fired immediately. Due to our innate negativity bias, people are hard-wired to initially see events like being laid off as a drastically unfavorable development. “Change we haven’t chosen, like being laid off, triggers this negativity bias in a really intense way. It’s new and threatening. That makes us likely to catastrophize,” explains career-development coach Genna Clark. However, layoffs may prompt us to look more closely at ourselves. This is frequently referred to as an existential reorientation period, and the time and space they bring can help us comprehend who we are on a more profound, meaningful level.

In the end, some employees have discovered that being laid off gives them the motivation to step outside of their comfort zones. They have enjoyed and learned from the silver lining of being laid off.