Making Difficult Decisions: Choosing When to Lay Yourself Off

Steve Smith challenged me in a comment to the cowardly layoff/no feedback posting: “What would you have done if you were the manager who layed off these people?” I’ve written about layoffs in a previous Software Development column, but let me address the specific problem Steve described: The manager needs the paycheck. The manager (or …

Livable Layoffs

by Johanna Rothman. This article was originally publised in Software DevelopmentMagazine, November 2001. Despite the horror stories, there are ways to treat people with respect while ending their employment. The “new economy” has crashed, and it’s layoff time in the software industry. Your company is having financial trouble, and laying people off is the only alternative. …