The Ugly Truth

By: ispeculatornew
Date posted: 05.15.2009 (5:00 am) | Write a Comment  (3 Comments)

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uglytruthposterIn a few months, the movie “Ugly Truth” will hit movie theatres in the US. And while I’m sure it will be good as it stars Katherine Heigl, this post has nothing to do with the movie. In fact, the title is the only thing in common between the two.

It is always interesting to me how many truths are not said even though few would argue with them. One is that economic tough times such as the ones we are currently living through have good sides. Think about major corporations, and how they strive to constantly improve their operations and their efficiency.

Often, such companies are able to improve their capabilities and change what they’re good at. The problem of course is that even though a company might need fewer employees to do the same job. For many reasons, companies are often not able to lay off their least effective employees or close out divisions that are not performing up to expectations. Some of the reasons include employee morale as it is often seen as a very negative sign to work in a company that is laying off employees. Not saying it should be the case but it just is.

But these days, who would ever doubt a company that is laying off employees? Every day (5% of global workforce at Nike today), companies are announcing more layoffs. Not to say that they are not necessary or that these are not tough times but it just seems like the perfect timing for any company to either lay off less effective employees or to set in place a new company structure. I’m not complaining, far from it. I am actually one of those who would prefer if companies would have more flexibility performing such functions even though it might mean one day I could be the victim. I personally think it is employees job to justify their position, not the opposite. Companies pay us every week for the work done and once that is performed, we are even.

Let’s face it, both on a corporate or a society level, we should hope to be as effective and productive as possible, not bound to keeping jobs just to keep jobs. I personally think that I only have to always remain good enough to justify my job…As long as that is true, you will have a job, if not at your current company, in another one…

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  1. Comment by Sophie — May 15, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Yeah, I’m curious to watch that movie hehehe seems entertaining!

    Good post! In general, difficult economic conditions have contributed to heavier workloads, higher stress levels and lower morale… So it’s not necessarily a good timing for layoffs (depend of the situation of course) I would say, the negative side of layoffs is that, after the cut, some employees (even for usual “productive employees”!), could become less productive because they are scared to be fire as well. A few can’t deal with their non-productive emotions like insecurity, uncertainty, stress, anger, insomnia, …

  2. Comment by IS — May 17, 2009 @ 8:14 am

    @Sophie: Yes, no doubt I agree with you, it is a major challenge for corporations to keep up morale during cuts, but at least in these periods employees will probably believe that it was necessary…

  3. Comment by Sophie — May 19, 2009 @ 7:22 am

    the ugly truth… 😉

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