It is one the basic rules of corporate politics that "no rumor is true until it has been official denied." The fact that the CEO is bothering to attempt to squelch the rumor is PROOF POSITIVE that the rumors are entirely accurate.
The reason the CEO is doing this is because he wants to keep control of a potentially volatile situation and prevent an unnecessary exodus of top talent, which might become worried if the news came out too soon. In layoffs, as in war, the truth is always the first casualty.
Uh oh. I hope you've got your resume ready, because you're about to blindsided...
Your boss is already sorting out the people whom she plans to cut and those she plans to keep. She's probably not telling EVERYONE the same thing, because then you'd probably all compare notes and figure out that she's handing everyone a line.
So the most likely explanation for her remarks is that she thinks you're valuable enough to keep around for the time being. However, layoffs have a habit of metastasizing, so your job (and you) may be on the block, and it could happen sooner than you think!
Your manager may have something completely different in mind...
Layoffs always require plenty of HR people to handle the difficulties of the transition. As a result, in most layoffs, HR is generally less affected than other groups.
The other groups in a company... not so much.
Gosh! You went to all the bother to transfer departments, and you're still going to get the axe...
According to the New York Times, the field of healthcare has remained strong during the recession. And because the so-called "healthcare reform" does nothing to change the for-profit, fee-for-service business model, there's little chance of industry-wide downsizing.
Bad move. Haven't been reading the news lately? That industry is in the dumper.
So, how did you do? Did you get all of them right? Or did you miss a few?
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