You know sometimes we take the web for granted. I often remind people about the days when the only way to get company information was to:
Ring the company’s customer services department (real people in those days) and ask them to send out a brochure – which could take a few weeks
Climb into the car, drive the local business library with a bag of coins and go photocopying
That was in the 1990s, things have moved on rapidly.
Sometimes we forget.
I don’t love the internet for the incessant hyperbole or fact-free opinions, but I do love it its ability to facilitate the sharing of people’s fantastic expertise, experience and perspectives that frankly you never or rarely would have had access to before the internet went mainstream.
A week or so ago Shel Holtz posted a thoughtful and timely piece on communicating layoffs.
This unfortunately is something that will become an increasing feature of the communications landscape until the global economy improves.
Does it amaze you that now with the click of link you can enrich your own knowledge with the experience of another practitioner? It should.
It’s easy to gloss over the employees left behind while lamenting the loss of those who have gone. After all, they still have jobs. But the victims are gone; it’s the remaining employees you’re counting on to drive the business forward. If they’re paralyzed in the aftermath of the layoff, everything from productivity and innovation to engagement will take a hit. One concern all layoff survivors share is the expectation that they’ll shoulder the work that had been done by those have have left in addition to their existing responsibilities. Explain honestly how the slack will be taken up and what kind of sacrifices will be expected.
Oh and don’t forget the other great think about the internet is the community so come and give me some help.