As individual contributors, as managers, and leaders, how do we react toDawn works with Sun Microsystems. Sun announced a huge layoff today, almost 18% of their workforce.
such news? Is there a good way for employees to respond to news of layoff? Human
nature being what it is, here are some things we can do to react as
professionals in a way that does more damage to ourselves, and our business than
- Survival of the Fittest Mode: Show yourself as a raving success, with
evidence of others failures to ensure you are not the "cut" percentage.
- Fearful "what if" mode: Look around and try to speculate with the little
information you have.
- "Its so bad, our best resource is to panic mode": If you must collect news
to assemble how you will survive the scariest of situations, make sure you don't
romance in limitation.
- "Put your head down, lock your doors and hide mode:" When fearful thoughts
connect, remember it is networking that creates most opportunity, now is not the
time to get introspectively alone. Give the love you want to be receiving in
this time, it will return to you and those that are likely feeling the need for
appreciation in a time of speculation.
Sun Microsystems Inc. is cutting up to 6,000 jobs, or 18 per cent of its
global staff, in the latest round of layoffs by the technology giant.
The Santa Clara, Calif., company said Friday the cuts will affect more
than 5,000 employees over the next year alone at a cost of $500 million to $600
But the company expects the move will save $700 million to $800 million
annually by the third quarter of 2009.