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Ever been sacked / made redundant / downsized / rightsized?

I have (twice) and it isn't much fun. However, in both cases it was from fairly small companies and neither, thankfully, suffered from that plague of our times, a 'Human Resources' department (ever noticed how people in personnel have the most car-crash messy personal lives?).

It could have been much, much worse, and here's a tale from the US that proves it. The Smoking Gun has got hold of a document called "101 ways to save money" that some brain donor at Northwest Airlines decided to include with the pink slips (P45s) for dismissed workers, including such morale boosting ideas as "don't be shy about pulling something you like out of the trash", "Never grocery shop hungry" and "Cut the kids hair yourself".

OK, some of the tips are sensible, but what on earth was the HR droid thinking? Northwest pulled the leaflet after complaints.

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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 2:35 pm

Croydonian maybe you were just crap at your job?
Not fit for purpose(+:  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:43 pm

Ho ho ho Pietro.

Not an entirely unfair question to ask, but in both cases it followed substantial re-organisation - in one case a takeover, and in another the parent company pulling the plug on funding. in neither case was I sufficiently high up the tree to have had any clout.  



Blogger Virtus said... 3:22 am

Companies are failing here in the states like leaves dropping in fall. Taxes, business cycles, and unrealistic regulation are at core of the problem.  



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