Friday, May 22, 2009

Honesty versus pride

As for the title, I am not referring to my own.* This is just an anonymous note to my employer.**

I would just like to say that I know that layoffs/RIFs can always be called performance-related. The reality is that when faced with having to cut costs, once the decision is made to cut staff, cuts will almost always be made based on performance. We all know that a company is not likely to cut its top people while keeping its bottom. So, yeah, it's usually going to be performance-related, even when it's a layoff. But most employers have the moral fortitude to be honest about it so that its employees aren't left feeling like crap and aren't in a tougher position when it comes to looking for work. Seriously? The economy sucks. Suck up your pride and admit that you have more people than you can keep busy and need to cut costs.

*It's not just the title that isn't about me. As of right now, I still seem to have a job. It'd be hard to claim that my performance in the review period wasn't up to par since I was on leave during the entire period. But it pisses me off for the dozens who were affected this week and will be next.

**To whom I am very thankful at the moment for my continued employment. I hope it continues for the indefinite future.

On an unrelated note, for anyone not reading on a reader, I just posted Harry's eight month post.


Jen said...

Yes, I agree. Plus, it would be stupid of the employers to fire the good people. Although, in some cases, they are firing the people who make the most money and they are usually the good people.

Kristin said...

I think that note should be sent out to all employers.

Harry is absolutely adorable.


theworms said...

Your son is adorable.

GL with the work situation, I hope you keep being employed indefinately.


A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Harry is a cutie!

LOVE your letter to your employer. SO sad, but so true.


WiseGuy said...

Harry is super-sweet! Glad that you still have your job...I think all employers must go read this post!


Best When Used By said...

Your son is the cutest thing this side of the moon!

Thanks for your sensitivity about layoffs. My firm wasn't quite as sensitive with my layoff. I was a commercial real estate attorney. You're right about nonperformance - I was not able to meet my billables - but it wasn't for lack of trying or dedication to the firm.

Beautiful Mess said...

I agree with Kristin, your note should be sent out to a lot of employers. Glad you still have a job and I hope it won't change.

Stefanie said...

love the letter... and as some has already said, they sometimes fire the people who earns the most, but in most cases they're good!

~Stopping by for ICLW~

niobe said...

Luckily (well, not really luckily, but you know what I mean), I think that the fact that the economy is so bad makes it a bit easier to explain being laid off when looking for a new job. Don't get me wrong, it's never easy and I feel terrible for all those in that position.