The New Layoff: Temporary Furlough

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Jan 09

Forced time off without pay.

Yup, that is what a “temporary furlough” means for you and your family. Unfortunately, this management practice is becoming more commonplace as the economy tanks. Management decides that to save payroll dollars, you get to take some time off — say two weeks — without pay. The equivalent of about a 5% pay cut.

Some companies give you parameters as to when to take the unpaid time off; probably the best option. The problem with this approach?

Education professor Nakia Pope, 32, calculates that there are 11 days before and after the semester and over spring break when he could take unpaid time, but he and his colleagues would normally work most of those days, preparing materials, grading and writing or doing research.

“Most faculty I know will end up taking few if any of those furlough days off — they’ll just go about doing the good jobs they normally do for less money,” he said.

You are forced to work for free, but your objectives for success stay the same.

Perhaps it is better than a layoff because you still have a job.

Would you take the furlough? Or the layoff?


About the Author

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.

  • Darlene says:

    Hey Scot,
    Very interesting article. It is truly unfortunate that we as employees are at the mercy of employers. Where is the win/win? Non existent. The employers don’t see people any more, and at some level I understand that. It always comes down to the bottom line and profitability for organizations, at considerable cost to employees. I have some thoughts on what employees can do while they are on furlough. Maybe I will write about this weekend on Interview Chatter.

    Have a phenomenal weekend!!

    Interview Chatter

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