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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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9.1. Dagwood's Prescient Stand

Cartoonists, particularly those with staying power, offer uncanny insights into our collective psyche and social values. Nearly two decades ago, on Sunday, September 6, 1992, millions of Americans awoke to find new paradigm behavior unfolding in the comics of their morning paper. After more than fifty years in an abusive, manipulative relationship, Dagwood Bumstead, the prototypical old employment contract employee, walked into his boss's office and, standing tall, with fists clenched and a resolute expression, told Mr. Dithers that he was quitting. Not only was he quitting, he was going to work for his wife, Blondie, in her catering business. What may have seemed one small step for a cartoon character was a giant ...

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