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Sep 11, 2009
We picked up a few people that our competition downsized and they are doing quite well. Sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time and you need a kick to get you headed in the right direction.
Sep 11, 2009
We had an early retirement option for those over 55. Far more people accepted it than was ever expected. It was a mix of very productive employees and a few slackers. Some were good employees at one time but were on "cruise control" waiting to retire. After the retirements, a two more people were let go from our department, and one was absolutely in the slacker category.
Sep 11, 2009
@ dcrowe7: Nobody owes anyone an apology for this strip. Just because it hits close to home for you doesn't mean that Scott Adams needs to say sorry to everyone who has ever been laid off. If you were talented and worth a damn but still laid off, then take solace in knowing you were worth a damn and it was unfair for you as an individual. This strip isn't a hit at your personal value as an employee. Get over it. It's a hilarious strip.
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Sep 11, 2009
Actually the best often do get downsized first - because they have the highest salaries and it makes the books look better.

And yes, I was downsized in 2000 - I was the 2nd-highest paid consultant in the business unit and was actually on a client site billing at $210/hour when I was laid off.
Sep 11, 2009
Oh come one! This is funny! I have been laid off since March and I couldn't stop laughing. I sent it on to a couple of co-workers--I mean former co-workers.
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