RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette

Subject: RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette
From: "Dan Hall" <dhall -at- san-carlos -dot- rms -dot- slb -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 14:33:15 -0500

Another point to this (lay-offs by project)...

Frequently, it's both easier and more cost-effective
to keep even less competent people working on their
current projects than to bring in more competent folk
in mid-stream. There are fewer "getting-up-to-speed"
issues and the group doesn't have to revisit old
decisions for the benefit of the new member(s).

I know it stinks being laid off by project. At my last
employer, that's exactly what happened to me - even
though I had more experience, tool knowledge,
seniority, etc. I knew it was coming though - things
were so slow that I'd gone almost 30 days since the
previous project ended without being assigned to a
new one. They had me revising templates, editing,
assisting other projects - anything they could think
of to keep me busy.

But for the short-term (and how far ahead do the PHB's
look, anyway?) the company saves money by laying off
by project.

You have my sympathy. I know that doesn't help much. :(


Dan Hall
Sr. Technical Writer
SchlumbergerSema RTEMS

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