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45 layoffs at my old job

March 3rd, 2009 at 01:23 pm

My last full-time newspaper just laid off 45 people, many of them my friends. I am particularly miffed because it appears that the people cut were not chosen by talent or by output. A lot of useless people got to keep their jobs. A lot of the people who were outspoken toward management lost theirs, including one of my friends, who just had a baby a month ago.

What good does a layoff do if you just keep the people who don't pull their weight and cut people who do?

It's aggravating. It also means there will be more local competition for the few freelancing jobs that remain. That affects my bottom line, so I am a bit concerned.

2 Responses to “45 layoffs at my old job”

  1. oceansluver78 Says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend. That's happened at a job I've worked at before.Everyone who had complained about the supervisor was let go. Only 3 out of the 7 laid off were called to come back.

  2. Amber Says:

    It's sad but true, lay offs are often used to simply get rid of people who management simply don't like. They may work their butts off and do a great job but one conflict or showing someone in a higher position a more efficient and productive way of doing things can oust you.
    By the way how is the little guy doing?

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