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

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4.4. Unfairness

Like job security, unfairness as a theme came up in all groups. The discussions had two dimensions: a sense that top executives and people from other parts of the organization were not doing their share and perceptions that the choice of who stayed and who left was unfair:

  • "I think there are too many instances where they took the wrong people. The ones that have kept their jobs are short termers and haven't contributed in the short time they've been here. Then they've taken senior people because they're paid more. They've made a conscious decision to cut these out and keep people whom I don't consider contribute at all." (field employee)

  • "They're padding their pockets. In the good times, the bonuses and everything go to the top ...

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