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Criteria for Job Cuts. Positions that have highest layoff riskBY: Swati | Category: Self Improvement | Post Date: 2009-08-13
Job layoffs are very common these days, often sugar coated as 'Company Reorganization'. Although the criteria of job cuts differs in each company, some positions (or job profiles) have the highest risk of being eliminated.
1. PEOPLE ON BENCH:
Individuals who are waiting to be assigned on a project are usually the first to go. Company does not realize the business impact of terminating positions which are currently non-productive.
2. HIGHEST WAGE EARNERS:
People who earn more are quite vulnerable during the harsh times of layoff. Say, if a 20% reduction in operating costs is needed then individuals who are the top earners will provide maximum saving per layoff ( unless those individuals hold a critical position).
3. ADMINISTRATION / CLERICAL STAFF:
Companies try to reduce their administration staff to a minimum level, good enough to just sail through the tough times.
4. LEAST PRODUCTIVE WORKERS:
Employees who are known to be lazy, less serious or slow workers are at a high layoff risk.
5. BAD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BOSS:
Unfortunately, your personal relationship with your boss is an important undisclosed criteria for job cuts. People who butter their managers, or seems to me more friendly to the boss have a better chance of surviving.
6. ASSIGNED ON A LESS IMPORTANT PROJECT:
Even if you are among the more qualified and knowledgeable staff of the company, being in a non-revenue generating project or a project deemed by company as less important is a warning sign.
7. IF SOMEONE ELSE CAN DO YOUR WORK:
If you are replaceable and your work can be transferred to other people in the organization, well then you better be careful.
8. YOU SPEND LESS TIME WORKING:
If you are a known to gossip a lot or leave office sooner than others or take too many personal leaves then it will likely be a criteria during layoff.
9. SOMEONE SUDDENLY TRIES TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR WORK:
If a co-worker suddenly comes and sits next to you to understand what you do, or you are told to give training to someone else, he might be following the instructions of the manager because your name is on the chopping block and they just do not want to disclose it to you at this time.
10. SALARY BASED SALES REPS:
Some sales reps purely earn through the commissions, they are usually quite safe. On the other hand if sales are down and you get a part of your earnings in a fixed base salary then you are at risk. When company knows that sales will be down anyway, they would rather have less salary based sales reps. This is often one of the important criteria for job cuts.
11. YOUR WORK IS EASILY TRANSFERABLE:
If you just answer phone calls and the job itself is not too hard to understand then during rough economic times, company may find your replacement at a much cheaper price. They may even outsource your job to a different country where the labour is cheap.
12. COMPANY AQUISITION:
When a company is acquired by a different company then duplicate operations ( or overlapping departments) often go through significant job cuts.
13. EXCESSIVE WEB SURFING / PHONE USE:
These days companies closely monitor people who spend lot of time surfing the web, checking emails or making phone calls.
14. NOT FOLLOWING COMPANY POLICIES:
This may be as simple as not following company's dressing instructions, using company equipment for personal use, using vulgar language, not filling timesheets in a proper manner and other things. People not following company policies are closely observed by Human Resource Department and are obviously at a high layoff risk.
15. PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE:
People who nag and criticize a lot usually land up making too many 'enemies' in the team. Its better to just follow regular workplace ethics to be safe.
These were some criteria for job cuts during rough times.
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