Jacob, You assume management objectives and what's best for the company are necessarily the same. Today, a CEO must show immediate results and may find it difficult to align longer-term goals with what shareholders want right now. Analysts measure corporate performance on a quarterly basis and this may not always be in line with what's best for the company.
A management team can decide to not cut jobs because they believe this will position the company in future for strong growth but they may pay dearly for this in market valuation and shareholder perception.
Tue Jacob but someone has to be responsible for the mistakes. People dont mak mistakes willingly but in a scenaio where its a huge concern to many the top management will have to answe for it. And if you consider the methodology of SUVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, I feel that the CIO's and CTOs will survive where as the smaller guys will perish.
Bolaji, I know certain companies are rearranging the staff fixation patterns during recession or business dull period for minimizing the lay off period. They won't shut down any department, but they rearrange/shuffle the staff across different departments. This will help the employees to build up a confidence in their employer that they won't be get sacked and more over this will help them to learn multiple skill across different departments.
Nimantha, CIO/executives are taking decisions based on the best analysis with the current data and statists. But in certain cases market or business may proves that their analysis and decisions are in wrong side. I don't think anybody may intentionally think to spoil or degrade the company. In such conditions"Survival for the fittest" is the motto.
Can there be better innovative way? Can hours/days be reduced for all across? To my opinion RIM was good in getting rid of unproductive and not so qualified people. For this they may start laying off people from higher management first!
Well I dont call it stupid as such because we are running in a very skidy era with the economy. I know its hard for the people who face the cost cutting factor but dont you think its beete to get the cost wastage reduceda bit rather than loosing everything in few years.
"They cut long-term employees, critical operational workers, shutter production facilities,"
"Cost-cutting does not ignite growth, no matter what any management guru has published."
I totally agree with everything you have mention. The Layoffs it is the easiest way to instantly reduce your cost but it doesnt help much. In addition it doesnt help in the development of the company and this action looks like the analgesic pill.
Those top executives do not take such decision only but i still believe financial advisers and investment bankers also get input in cut back whenever the situation arises. To them laying off old & experienced ones, who are on severance pay packages, health insurance and other benefits is always the best.
Meanwhile, I hardly believe getting new hands that difficult to achieve - have it mind that technologies are changing quick, employees' appraisals take place periodically to evaulate who could evolve with new innovations and changes within the organizations.
Why do you think there are so many "free products" available on the internet today?
I agree with you Bolaji. The sad turth is that most listed companies are puppets to their shareprice and shareholders. As such top execs are rewarded on very short term financial targets. Execs come and go and many have very short term selfish goals. A useless exec can come in purportedly to turn a company around. She (fictitious "she or he") gets $300k base and RSU stock award worth $2M over 3 years. Simply by not getting fired until year 2 or 3 she can retire a millionaire even if the shareprice stays flat. If she is a real shark she can slash costs all over the place and sales (due to momentum) stay flat but the bottom line looks better and the shareprice rises so the RSU award is worth even more. Once at a dinner such a sen VP told me he would be better firing everyone in the company except sales and order fulfillment people to push the shareprice up and then cash in his stock awards, then leave. I wish we could find a better way to incentivize execs to do the right thing for the company, its employees, the community, the environment and also the shareholders.....or am I just dreaming.
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