What happens once the layoffs are complete?

One of the more unnerving aspects of the secrecy surrounding the looming mass layoff is the immediate post-layoff impact on producing newspapers — especially through the end of next month, when these big job cuts take effect.

Here’s the problem. An untold number of newspaper employees will no longer be working in as little as two weeks; the final toll could easily be in the thousands. Corporate’s mandate is for a 10% workforce reduction by the first week of next month in a community newspaper division that now employs about 30,000.

Yet, many middle-managers — from advertising to circulation to editorial — have not been consulted about the timing or number of layoffs planned. Ditto, even, for some department heads. Given that information blackout, how in the world can managers figure out how to reorganize departments around fewer workers in time for these cuts to take effect?

What’s the plan for putting out your newspaper starting say, Dec. 3, when some departmental workforces could shrink instantaneously by 10% or more employees?

Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Earlier: We’re building a paper-by-paper list of layoffs and job cuts; just two papers are listed so far, however. Will yours be included?

[Image: today’s Green Bay Press-Gazette, Newseum. The Wisconsin paper lost eight jobs in the August round of layoffs; its Corporate page says it now has about 376 workers]

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