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Those Who Are About to Be RIF’d, We Salute You

Those Who Are About to Be RIF’d, We Salute You

by Frank Roche on October 20, 2008

in RIF

[Photo credit: jnb24]

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for –in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
–Ellen Goodman

Yesterday, I went to a gathering of philanthropists where my wife is on the board of trustees. Guess what we talked about mostly? The economy. House prices. And people losing their jobs.

There are going to be a lot of people we know out of work in the next year. In HR, our job is to make that transition as smooth and dignified as it can be. We need to work extra hard for those those who are leaving and pay special attention to those left behind. After all, we still have a business to run.

I thought the Ellen Goodman quote was especially pointed in this difficult time. Sometimes people end up finding their bliss once all the mess is over. There’s something good to be said about that.

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