The real meaning of “Right Sizing.”

It seems that there are many ways to call it. Laying people off, making them unemployed and of course the politically “nice way” to say it.  We are right sizing… What a load of Bull!!

Come on tell it like they know it is “They don’t have a job!!”

I have spoken with many HR folks in the past and I find it hard to believe that they don’t figure out the need to “right size” in order to avoid the need to lay people off.

Right sizing is about getting the right people in the right job at the right time and at the right quality and cost and in the right numbers!!!

There is little point in doing it after the event! It meant that you did not get it right.

More importantly you wasted peoples lives, a great deal of money in hiring, training, educating and doing all that stuff that develops peoples’ morale only to tell them. Sorry no job!!

That is when YOU got it WRONG! And THEY LOST THEIR JOB!!!

Be honest, stop using “weaselly words”

Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you screwed up and that valuable asset you were telling them they were now feels worthless.



About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on June 23, 2012, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Many valid points here Peter – though I wouldn’t say people’s lives were wasted. They earned an income during their employment or what else were they there for? I was ‘downsized’ from my last position – I don’t regret working there for a moment.

    • Thanks Karla. You make a nice point. In my early HR days I saw the devastation on peoples faces when the up and moved new life,new friends, new area, new community and while I agree there is much that remains as a good experience. The waste as a result of poor quality thinking still remains in my mind. I am also thinking of those who moved from one job to another not those in transition. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am an admirer of the great work you do.

  2. Hi Peter, great message and I am in complete agreement with you. There are those exceptions when the unexpected does happen and a business needs to make necessary cutbacks, but usually in these circumstances the employees already know about it and what needs to be done. Good to hear from you and take care.

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