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    Walking around the Issue?
    I know several people who worked in professional jobs that, just lately, lost their jobs. The standard reason for letting them go seems to be, "We appreciate all you've done for the company, but we've grown apart." Of course, a bit of severance pay follows the generic goodbye if the employee agrees to sign a form to not sue. Does this reasoning not circumvent the whole point of letting someone go, particularly in a professional position?


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    Generally these employees are let go because they are the highest paid people. They then hire young employees and promote from the mid-levels to upper-levels. One way to look at this situation is "wow the top people are getting let go, what gives?", another way of looking at it is "wow these business sure has a lot of promotions".


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    It might be because the company is trying to venture into new businesses, and the higher-ups feel that they no longer require the expertise of the stated professions. Or they think that they can train new employees to perform the tasks of the professionals at a lower cost, so might as well just eliminate the job position that is no longer needed.


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    I think it just all depends on what the company is planning for their future. They might be down-sizing because of the cost or they want to hire new employees with different qualifications. It can be a number of reasons.


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    I don't know what I would do in that situation. One part of me says I wouldn't want to stay if they wanted to fire me anyone. The other part says that you just can't accept the money and then they would have to pay you more.


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    I don't think there's anything wrong with that reasoning, at the end of the day the business does what is in the best interest of the business and if that's cutting costs or hiring new talent then that is the strategy the executives will take. However firing employees like that isn't always the best decision to take particularly if their plans don't work out, for example the new employees aren't up to standard or the lack of the professionals means the productivity of the business is reduced. So taking the decision to let go long time workers is a big risk and isn't done without careful consideration normally.


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    I think the word ' generic' is right on queue. Its an easy cop-out in some situations. I am sure there are other reasons for letting go of an employee and most centre around money!


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    Quote Originally Posted by spc97t View Post
    I know several people who worked in professional jobs that, just lately, lost their jobs. The standard reason for letting them go seems to be, "We appreciate all you've done for the company, but we've grown apart." Of course, a bit of severance pay follows the generic goodbye if the employee agrees to sign a form to not sue. Does this reasoning not circumvent the whole point of letting someone go, particularly in a professional position?
    I don't think it does, if you really think about it, yes they may give this person severance, but in the long run, will it save the company more to let this person go, give them a severance package and hire someone younger who will do more for less pay? Or will it cost them more to keep the high-paid employee who they can't pile an extra workload on? It's the corporate way of looking at things. If you are in a high position, or in a low position even, you as an employee are always replaceable...unless you make yourself unique. Unless you're an asset to the company in such a way that they would hurt if you were gone, there will always be someone better brighter younger and willing to work more for less pay and you as the employee will always be replaceable.


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    Maybe its because the company and that particular employee are having different opinion on the decision making, maybe its because they want to hire a way cheaper talent, maybe its because they are downsizing and letting go of the higher paid employees makes more sense than firing a lot of cheaper talents.

    There's a lot of possible reason to this. But it will all comes down to this one question: will it be good for the business? If the answer of most people in the company that have power to this is yes, then its probably a good business move.


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    I think its just a standard procedure that somebody must sign a form not to sue...

    But why some companies are doing this depends on their strategic position, including the strategic value of that particular employee. Companies have short-term, medium-term and long-term objectives to meet.. so an executive decision is always carried out because based on that... that's in my opinion.


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