Friday, March 13, 2009

Bad news, good news

How not to lay off a work force:

Begin randomly and suddenly with no warning.

Lay off two people at the end of the day.

Continue this process, laying off one or two people every day precisely at 4pm.

Never talk to the staff about this.

The next week, do nothing, lay no one off, but do not communicate to anyone about anything.

Wonder why moral is low.

mjnummmmmmmmmmmm (that note brought to you by Chuck's nose...Youngest thought I should leave it in. Boy can type too!!!)

On a good note, it's the weekend....and I went into BCN and met up with Diane and it was MARVELOUS!!! She is going to be moving to BCN in the next very short little bit, and I showed her around all the places I wish I had known about and that took me ages to find.

Hope you enjoyed it Diane, it was great to meet you and totally fun to show off a little bit of this city I have grown to love....

Oh, and the man still has a job.

woot!

Cheers,

O

12 comments:

Beth said...

Excellent news on the job front.
Some of these lay-offs are done so thoughtlessly and cruelly.

Chuck seems to have thing for the letter “m.” Perhaps, as in, “Mmmmm – I love food!”

hulagirlatheart said...

Three cheers on the job thing. This layoff business is getting kind of scary around these parts.

Mar said...

I know about the procedures...Husband is the "bad one"... it's devastating for the other part too, believe me.
Enjoy the weekend :)

Beth said...

Times are tough, but they are being made even worse by the kind of thoughtlessly cruel behavoir you describe.

It's good you're such a "glass half-full" kind of person and I'm so glad your fella is one of the lucky ones.

J.G. said...

Boy, you scared me there, thinking the man had found this out first hand. Whew!

Agree that the process is bad for everyone, except maybe the numbers people who only care about the money. A local law firm laid off 15 people this week; I heard the attorney delivering the news cried her eyes out through all 15 termination meetings.

Meanwhile, hope to get C.S. to post about Toronto this weekend! And answer your interview Qs, too!

swenglishexpat said...

Sounds like typical modern, uncaring management. Great that you met up with Diane. Not the last time I would guess.

She said...

Breathing a sigh of relief here! Whew! Good news!

It's terrible how people are being laid off. Our school is laying off teachers too, and the morale is just awful. All the new teachers have all been given notice. It's just so sad!

The rumors and the speculation make it all worse!

Keeping your family in my thoughts.

(Sorry I didn't get to the tag yet. I did start it. It's a draft for now!)

oreneta said...

Beth, it could be handled a bit better...a little more communication would certainly be good.

Hula....it is a drag...so far so good for us anyway....

Mar, we were talking about that, it isn't a huge firm and some of these people have worked together for YEARS.....still a little more communication would be good. It must be brutal for everyone.

Beth, I am indeed glad I am a half-full kind of person...whew....

Swenglish, I hope it won't be the last time!

She, don't worry about the tag...it is brutal, for everyone and thank you for thinking about us...we'll see how it goes.

Diane Mandy said...

Thank you so much for the chance to meet! I really appreciate your willingness to show me the finer parts of Barcelona. I hope we'll meet again soon!

oreneta said...

Diane, it was good fun, I hope we can meet again too!

J said...

New reader here from Diane's blog. She is lovely, isn't she? I met her last year in Bremen.

I've put your blog on my RSS so I can follow it.

I've visited many different parts of Spain and would love to live there some day. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it's going to happen.

J said...

New reader here from Diane's blog. She is lovely, isn't she? I met her last year in Bremen.

I've put your blog on my RSS so I can follow it.

I've visited many different parts of Spain and would love to live there some day. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it's going to happen.