I received an email on Thursday from a colleague on the East Coast who had just been put into the Workforce Reduction program, which we fondly refer to as WFR. What this means is that she has four weeks to find a job inside the company, and if she doesn't she's unemployed.
This particular person was a great resource for our team and a key player in her product area. I always felt that she was real contributor and played a vital role in her group. It reinforced to me what I've observed in the past: that the criteria for selecting people for WFR can be dubious at best. Sometimes, as I see it, those criteria are outright incomprehensible.
Our CEO has been shown the door, but the beat that he established goes on.