Stating the obvious

Jan 30 2009 by Derek Torres Print This Article

According to management consultants, people tend to be demotivated and lethargic after surviving a layoff. Being a professional web site, I won't print what blurted out of my mouth upon reading that.

Here, read for yourself: "When someone is removed, even though you might be happy to still have a job, you're still experiencing this left-behind syndrome and are wondering, 'Am I going to be next?" Well, ahemÖ was someone seriously paid to say that? I wonder if I can make such statements of the glaringly obvious and charge a couple hundred of Euro for the privilege.

Though clearly taking the piss, I do think it's important for this message to be repeated. Those who sit in ivory towers and orchestrate re-organizations and layoffs probably don't spend too much time thinking about the psychological welfare of those who remain with the company. You can call me cynical, but I'm guessing that the predominant feeling is that they should be grateful to still have a job. My god, that reminds me of poor Oliver Twist asking for more supper.

On that note, I'm going to look into switching careers to a management consultant, change communication consultant or somehting similar.