Re: Layoff logistics and etiquette

Subject: Re: Layoff logistics and etiquette
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- marvin -dot- eng -dot- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 09:20:39 -0700 (PDT)

Damien Braniff <DBraniff -at- amphion -dot- com> wrote:
> While layoffs by project may not, strictly speaking, be the fairest
> way of doing things I see on positive (if that's the word) aspect
> from the aspect of the person being laid off. You've been laid off
> and you feel absolutely terrible about it - how much worse would
> you feel if you were laid off not because you were unlucky (your
> project got scrapped) but because management thought you weren't
> as good as others at the job (not dead wood but you just weren't
> as good as those kept on)? In addition, when applying for new jobs
> I think it looks a little better to be able to say that the last
> job went due to recession and my project got cut than to say they
> cut back and only kept the best. Cold comfort I know but it's
> a thought.

I hadn't thought of it, but you're right that laying off by
project makes it easier for the employee as well as for
management. However, in my silly idealistic way, I would
somehow like to see competence rewarded occasionally...

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