TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Ahhh, layoffs. They keep getting better and better.
I've been through three layoffs in the past seven
years. My first experience was with the government.
I was on an 8-month contract and around the 6th
month the government announced cutbacks. The layoffs
were handled in a relatively decent manner -- even
though the team manager had also been laid off, he
was allowed to stay on active duty to inform his
team whether they had jobs or not. He scheduled a
specific time to meet with every person, regardless
of whether they were losing their job or not. It was
easier to get the news from someone who was also
losing their job, methinks. As a contractor, I was
expected to work until my contract expired. It was
weird working in a cubicle wasteland for several
weeks, and reviewing my work with some deputy-
something-or-other rather than my humble team
The last two layoffs were in private high-tech
companies. The first company handled it well, I
thought. Two large meetings were held first thing
in the morning -- one for people losing their jobs,
one for people who still had jobs. It was less
painful to hear the news in a room full of people
who felt your pain. The second layoff came as a
result of a buy-out. They tried the approach of
calling everyone in for individual meetings. If
you had a job they gave you your offer, and if you
didn't they gave you your severance. The problem
was, they used the same guy to escort everyone
getting a severance package. He became walking
"Death" -- you saw him walk by and you shrank away
in fear. When I had to walk to the "meeting" with
him by my side, I felt like I was going to my own
Personally, I liked hearing the news in a group.
It was somehow less personal, like there was
nothing wrong with me other than the fact that
the company couldn't afford my wage any more.
Hearing the news in a private meeting was by far
the worst experience.
Announcing new options for IPCC 01, October 24-27 in Santa Fe,
New Mexico: attend the entire event or select a single day.
For details and online registration, visit http://ieeepcs.org/2001
Your monthly sponsorship message here reaches more than
5000 technical writers, providing 2,500,000+ monthly impressions.
Contact Eric (ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com) for details and availability.
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.