But, anyone who's been terminated knows the experience is horrific.
Uncertainty about the future, loss of income, and the public shame catapult the fired into an abyss of suffering.
So, the workplace murder/suicide phenomenon is really no surprise post-firing.
That's why security currently escorts the terminated out of the building. Usually, the benefit outplacement is provided. And human resources experts continue to research what are the best practices in how to terminate.
The most recent play-out of the murder/suicide syndrome, reports Daily Mail, is the tragedy at the Bixby Knolls Law Officer in Long Beach California.
Specialist in Workers Compensation, John Mendoza, 58, had been a partner at Bixby Knolls. According to those the media interviewed, he was a caring, well-liked human being.
Then, last week, managing partner at the firm Major Langer, 75, fired him. Langer is a celebrity lawyer. His clients include Pamela Anderson.
On Friday, the law firm was enjoying its holiday party. Mendoza shot Langer dead. He also shot another partner Ronald Beck who oversees office operations. He is in stable condition.
His "work" done, Mendoza shot himself dead.
Of course, there will be an investigation by law enforcement about the context in which this workplace-violence incident occurred.
However, what is obvious is that taking away another human being's job must be managed with sensitivity, fairness, and authentic compassion.
This blog extends sympathy to all those who loved the victims.
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