- #3 - "Move fast. One hour after your management team discusses the need to layoff employees, the entire company will know that something is happening. If you think you need to layoff people, then do so because it’s unlikely that a miracle will happen. Once people “know” a layoff is coming, productivity drops like a rock. You’re either laying people off or you’re not—you should avoid the state of “considering” a layoff." Of course eBay and Yahoo have already diregarded this suggestion.
- #9 - "Provide support. The odds are the people getting laid off aren’t “at fault.” More likely, it was the fault of top management—the same top management with golden parachutes. Hence, you have a moral obligation to provide services like job counseling, resume writing assistance, and job search help. There are firms that specialize in helping employees during “transitions,” so use them." Hopefully these companies have setup a transition process for their laid-off employees
Thursday, September 25, 2008
With all the talk about impending layoffs at eBay and Yahoo, I thought it might be a good time to read what Guy Kawasaki had to say, about laying off employees back in 2006. He directed the post to executives, about how to effectively layoff employees, so many of his ideas sound a little harsh. I honestly think, if layoffs are to happen then he makes some very valid points. Layoffs are already harsh, so don't botch the layoff and make it worse. Hopefully eBay and Yahoo managers take some of these suggestions to heart as they prepare for the coming layoffs.
Some key quotes:
Read the entire post here:
Just my 15%