Most readers of Cube Rules know that I believe that laying workers off can be traced back to something that management mismanaged. Whether they didn’t understand the external environment, control of risk, or misjudged the speed of business, the layoff is usually the answer to all problems. Layoffs are an easy management decision to make in spite of the emotional aspects of laying off workers; layoffs are lazy management. The recent AT&T layoffs, in my opinion, is a lazy management answer to changes in business.
However, there are times when layoffs are necessary and is a good management decision. The effect on the employees is the same — they lose their jobs — but the layoff is the right action to do.
Here are four good reasons for laying off people:
All of these “good management” reasons to lay people off can be traced back to some ineffective management in the past. These reasons to lay people off, however, are solid.
Are there others?
Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations. In 2005, Scot started sharing these hard lessons at CubeRules.com, a site devoted to Career Advice for knowledge workers, whom he calls Cubicle Warriors.