How Do They Tell You?

How does your company handle layoffs in this economy?  Do they blame it on tough economic times or do they just come out and say that you are not cutting it?

Where I work, the email just came out advising about the coming year and what it means for the company and it’s employees.   Salary freezes, bonus reduction, organizational re-structure etc… All affected in some manner or another.   I have to say though this line was masterfully crafted.

As we have in the past, we will make targeted adjustments to our employee base to reflect ongoing priorities of the business and operational improvements.

I love a beautifully crafted phrase or message that has a significant underlying meaning and this is a doozey. It could have been cold and impersonal such as

Some of you are doing better than others, but due to the tough economic times, we have to let some of you go

or reality based such as

Team 2, got nothing for you, head back to camp and we’ll see you at tribal council where some of you will be going home.

So I put it to you, what are some of the ways in which you have been advised of a coming employment storm at your workplace or how did you find out about the storm?

Post in the comments.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to start cleaning my desk.


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