Cruel and Unusual
A controller for a state agency in Wisconsin was asked to prepare a two-year cash projection, a revised budget, and a plan for laying off a certain percentage of the agency's personnel by 4 p.m. on a Friday. He met the deadline and was handed his own pink slip 45 minutes later! Among his final duties was to type his own severance agreement.
A department head for an Illinois state medical facility that was being merged with a local city hospital faced the issue of upcoming layoffs with integrity. Employees were gratified when he did the following:
His steadfast professionalism allowed employees to see the difficult situation in the best possible light.
Copyright © 1999 Bob Nelson, used with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Bob Nelson's Rewarding Employees newsletter.