Reader: What do mid-managers think of layoffs?

Regarding the upcoming 10% workforce reduction, a reader writes in a comment today:

Jim, any chance of starting a thread for middle managers to weigh in on what they know and what they plan to do when the layoffs come down? We know very little, and I’m stunned our input isn’t being solicited. I don’t think I’m owed information in advance about what will be done, but I can’t imagine not asking for our thoughts. It’s crazy. I’m holding my breath. I’m driven, enthusiastic and productive, and I’m willing to gut through this if I have good people around me.

But if the layoffs are based on anything other than skill, if our best and brightest are among the casualties, then I’m gone. No question about it. I will not be surrounded by those who don’t care or can’t do what it takes to save us. That would be miserable.

What are other managers, particularly middle managers, thinking? Will you stay if the top editors make poor layoff decisions?

Join the debate, in the original post.

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