Does this sound like your job?

Faced with jobs that needed to be cut and insufficient volunteers, Aer Lingus apparently had a brainstorming session and put together a memo full of ideas on how to encourage employees to resign. Ideas included: Make employees wear nasty uniforms of jump suits and T-shirts. Send staff on long, tedious training courses. Tap people on the shoulder and casually suggest to them that they don’t really have a future with the company.

Rats

As painful as February’s big job cuts were, what’s even more painful is that many of those jobs are never coming back, as U.S. employers in a wide range of industries move more and more jobs overseas. That’s old news for manufacturers, who have been cutting jobs and moving them offshore for decades, but it’s a trend that’s also starting to gather steam in a number of service industries, especially information technology, formerly one of America’s best-paying industries.

7-11 improves profits

7-11 profits rise, so they close 120 stores. Why don’t they close 20,000 and make out like bandits?

Lucent announces steep cutbacks

[An anonymous e-mail making the rounds…] Lucent will reduce its workforce by an unprecedented 120 percent by the end of 2001, believed to be the first time a major corporation has laid off more employees than it actually has. Lucent stock soared more than 12 points on the news. The reduction decision, announced Wednesday, came after a year-long internal review of cost-cutting procedures, said Lucent Chairman Henry Schacht. The initial reportconcluded the company would save $1.