How can you tell if you might be a victim of the economic climate change we are experiencing these days? Nicholas Carlson tells us phrases CEOs are using these days to gloss over the damage suffered from losing one's job:
- "We are living in a time of unprecedented economic challenges."
- "Our best chance of getting through this rough time."
- "I made the decision to go very deep, very quickly so we won't have to do it again."
- "We are making aggressive moves to strengthen our leadership positions in [insert name of industry niche here] to competitively position our company for long-term growth."
Here's something I like to see: the ceo and other executives taking 10% pay cuts to at least make it appear that this economy-thing is affecting them as well.
The above it's-not-your-fault reasons do ring more nicely than what human resources at AOL apparently said:
The people who were let go all knew why and it was because they weren't pulling their weight.