A middle level manager told me how he survived a merge and the following layoffs.
He avoided the company offices for 6 months (doing customer visits/meetings etc.), until all the layoffs were over.
"They were searching room by room, for people to fire, but why play by their rules?"
It has happened that a department is eliminated and all but one of the employees were
transferred to other departments, the one remaining is still on the books. Took corporate
9 months to figure it out. He would to work sit at a desk all day then go home. He had been
told to wait for a assignment and did so. 4 years would be a stretch for any company but
Another positive of being invisible to the PHB for the last 4 years is that he avoided participating in the periodic waves of layoffs that occurred. In fact, perhaps we can extend this to a rule: "the chances of being laid off rise in proportion to your visibility in the organization."