IBM does not fire people

by Volker Weber

IBM has funky names for firing their employees. Workforce balancing or resource actions, just to name two of them. In any case, it's a person with a spreadsheet that needs to get that earnings per share a little higher. A person you don't know and who does not know you.

Comments

Check the "Up in the Air" movie:"It is what sell, not what we do..."

Boudewijn Kiljan, 2014-02-28 09:09

They way how it works in many companies...
... unfortunately.

Bodo Menke, 2014-02-28 11:19

Die interessanteste deutsche Umschreibung dafür finde ich immer noch:
"Dem freien Arbeitsmarkt zur Verfügung stellen"

Das klingt so nach Chance und Aufbruch.....

Patrick Bohr, 2014-02-28 12:12

"Understand and execute."

Ingo Seifert, 2014-02-28 13:10

"How was your day in work?".
"Not good, I was resource-actioned"

Call it what you will. Everyone knows what it is. But sure that share price needs to get back on track eh? The emperor has no clothes left.

paul mooney, 2014-02-28 13:19

Paul, I find this corporate speak so disgusting, that I expect people to lie when their lips move.

Volker Weber, 2014-02-28 13:25

You and I both sir.

paul mooney, 2014-02-28 13:45

Make that three of us.

Tom Duff, 2014-02-28 15:12

and you call yourself friends...

Carl tyler, 2014-02-28 15:37

Wanna be my friend, Carl? :)

Tom Duff, 2014-02-28 15:38

With friends like you...

Carl tyler, 2014-02-28 15:39

... you don't need any others.

Tom Duff, 2014-02-28 15:40

Much love, so cute. Am I missing something here?

Volker Weber, 2014-02-28 16:06

Get a dog, people.

Sascha Siekmann, 2014-02-28 16:56

The dogforce was rebalanced to Bangalore.

Richard Schwartz, 2014-02-28 18:11

Because our Notes application is an end user focused solution, we gain general understanding of which companies use Notes around the world. Whenever an individual customer cancels, we contact them to learn why and if there is anything we can do to help.

Lately, we've seen several cancellations from IBMers who have been "Resourced Actioned", 'Laid Off", whatever IBM wants to call it.

Smart people, many tell me they have been at IBM for 20 years or more.

Ouch.

Eric Mack, 2014-02-28 18:32

And if a column has the word lotus in it you are doomed. Another key Lotus staff member "left" Singapore yesterday. The only reason it is not news anymore is because there hardly any Lotis left.

ray davies, 2014-02-28 21:24

Yep, and they rarely kill products... they just let them fade away.

Adam Osborne, 2014-03-01 01:52

Well, I guess they don't want that EBITDA to go south of 25%. They still want to "reward" their shareholders.

Erik Ferrari, 2014-03-02 12:20

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