The Orcs approach

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Four people that I’ve worked within the past 3 months were laid-off this week. All senior employees; two quite competent employees. And large organizations have to act swiftly and cut in large swaths. No time for careful, 1×1 analysis.

For the first time Microsoft announced lay-offs, a target of 5,000. At a cost of $200,000 per year per employee this number will reduce Microsoft’s payroll by $1,000,0000,000. Imagine how they could invest that sum in our globalized, Internet-touchable world. If one is high cost, one had better be highly productive and in an obviously measurable way.