Crappiest way to lay people off
I've been laid off twice.
I worked with an e-commerce company. On a Thursday, we had to stay late to do an upgrade of the web site. When we left, there were something on the order of 5,000 products in the product database. When we got into work the next morning, we started receiving phone calls from the sales department, which was deluged in calls to the sales lines to query why there were only something like 400 products listed on our site. Later that day, we were told that there was a "warehousing problem". No further details were given. On the following Monday, there was a huge snow, so I called in and said I wouldn't be in. Later that day, my boss's boss called and said that I had been laid off.
Time 2: (last week)
The week before I was laid off, we had a project meeting where we went over project plans for upcoming revisions. Plans indicated that we were actually short one person of having enough to meet the schedule.
Last Monday, I called in and said that I couldn't be there during the day because my daughter was sick. Late Monday afternoon, I received a phone call and was told that I needed to come in Monday evening to help get a server ready. I went in and was there until 2 AM. Tuesday, I went in late and worked about 4 hours. From what the client said, they were happy and looking forward to the next phase. On Wednesday, I was sick, so I didn't work. On Thursday, when I got to work, I found out that some yutz had ruined one of our in-house servers. So I spent an hour or so getting that fixed. The lead engineer for the project told me that he wanted me to call the client and give them the bad news that the tests that they had run the day before would have to be re-run.
About the time I was finished working on the server, my hubby called and said that my daughter was sick again. So I went to talk to OwnerA. Since I was behind on some work for another project, I said, "Why don't I just zip up this work and take it home." To which he said, "That's a good idea. Why don't you do that?" So I went back to my desk to get things ready to go.
About 20 minutes later, OwnerB came into my office and asked me to follow him. To my surprise, we went to OwnerA's office, where they both told me that I was being laid off.
But that's not the worst one.
When I worked in the defense business, I saw some of the ugliest lay-offs around. One of the worst hit a bunch of really good people who had been with the company for a long time. The explanation that was given to them was that they "didn't have the skills that the company needed."
A few days later, I happened upon a newer employee who was reading "Unix for Dummies".
Skills, my eye!