Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Corporate Downsizing

Quotes taken from Visual Editors website:http://www.visualeditors.com/forum/archive/orlando-sentinel-layoffs-4113.htm#SlideFrame_1
“It really sucks here today. Its very gloom. We lost six people in the newsroom, including a really good page designer and a really good graphic artist...not for performance issues, but because we are eliminating sections. I can't stand the word separated. It would sound more humane if they just said layoffs.
My husband has been laid off twice in the past, and using the word "separation" just adds insult to injury.
I would imagine if you could understand Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy (Mitch Hedberg)”

In June, employers took 1,219 mass layoff actions, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported July 20. Each action involved at least 50 persons from a single establishment; the number of workers involved totaled 127,897, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The number of mass layoff events increased by 37 from the prior month, and the number of associated initial claims rose by 9,483.
You don't have to be laid off to be affected by corporate downsizing. Those who survive a round of job cuts often struggle with increased stress and depression, according to a British study. Steven Reinberg with HealthDay wrote an article summarizing the research.
Here's an excerpt from his story:"Employees who remained in work after downsizing may be at increased risk of being prescribed psychotropic drugs," said lead author Mika Kivimaki, from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.
Kivimaki's team based its findings on data on the use of psychotropic drugs -- including antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleeping pills -- in a group of almost 27,000 municipal workers in Finland between 1994 and 2000. Among these workers, about 4,800 worked in units that experienced layof fs but kept their jobs, almost 4,300 lost their jobs, and close to 17,600 did not work in units that were downsized.
Men who lost or left their jobs were most at risk of getting a prescription for a psychotropic drug. Compared with men who worked for units with no layoffs, these men were 64 percent more likely to be given a prescription for one of these drugs, the researchers found.
However, men who kept their jobs after a layoff were also almost 50 percent more likely to be given a prescription for one of the drugs, compared with those who worked for units that were not downsized, Kivimaki's group found.
Women in downsized units were 12 percent more likely to be given a prescription. Sleeping pills were most often prescribed to men, while anti-anxiety drugs were most often prescribed to women, Kivimaki said.
How should we react when we battle anxiety, anger, and sadness? How can we face personal tragedy? Is God there? Un-churched people have problems just like churched people do. The test is not the problems in your life. The test is your faith itself.

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