Layoffs from the boss’s perspective

As an expert in layoff-ology and a layoff victim many times over, I have difficulty empathizing with the people doing the layoffs. But I’ve never been in their position, nor frankly thought much about their plight. I’m usually too busy saying goodbye to co-workers and packing up my stuff to worry about my boss and his feelings.

But bosses are people too – most of them, anyway. And the decision to lay off staff is often difficult or even out of their hands, or both. They still have to execute, as it were, because that is part of their job.

This morning’s New York Times has a very human article written by Matt Cooper, a vice president of Accolo, a recruitment outsourcing company, who recently had to lay off staff…

Handing Out the Pink Slips Can Hurt, Too

It’s worth a read to gain a little perspective.

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  1. Ben Bloom wrote:

    The method to *never* having layoffs? Be an eerily boring company.

    This fortune collection of firms that have never laid anyone off certainly an eye opener- I’ve never heard of, much less visited- some of these companies! It is a different set of employers than you’d normally see in the news; the list includes ScottTrade, but I can only assume that is because there are only two employees: the CEO and his helicopter. see the article at

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Don’t be fooled! If it was really, really hard, the big wigs would first take a pay cut and pass on their bonuses to save a few people 🙂

    Friday, February 13, 2009 at 6:32 am | Permalink