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It has just been announced that all budget cuts and layoffs at the University have been decided, "but there are technological problems within the Human Resources Office that are so severe they have not been able to move forward with the decisions." This whole situation makes me angry and sick to my stomach. It's bad enough that none of this is happening because the University is performing badly, and that we are ultimately paying for the idiocy of the financial geniuses who run this country. Now they have to prolong the uncertainty because of technological problems? It's maddening.

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daveon
Jul. 12th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Hopefully this won't affect you at all?
randy_byers
Jul. 12th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'll be one of the lay-offs.
don_fitch
Jul. 12th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Arrrghh!

(Hoping that that, from a third party, helps. There's usually _some_ consolation when aggrivation is shared.)

Sometimes I wonder about the motives of The People Who Run Things, when they develop "solutions" to what's basically a problem of excessive unemployment that include firing a lot of people. Perhaps especially when the people fired/laid-off are almost all at the lower-pay levels. But then, I don't expect that "Reduce salaries, starting with the President, Congress members, Governors, & State Legislators, by at least ten percent" would go over any better than "increase taxes on anyone with an income of over $100,000 per year by 3%, with no loopholes". *sigh*

Mind you, I've always admired Skinner's idea (in _Walden II_) that (Governmental & private) Executives' salaries be fixed in relation to the median income of the populace/workers. And yeah, it _is_ possible that I'm a Closet Socialist of some weird flavor.






randy_byers
Jul. 12th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I was definitely thinking more of the geniuses on Wall Street who got us into this mess with their "creative" book-keeping -- e.g., the Gaussian copula.
wrdnrd
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
"Technological problems with human resources"?? That smells almost like bullshit. Yes, i CAN see that there are technological aspects to preparing someone for layoff within the HR system. At the same time, could they at least TELL people so they could, oh, I DON'T KNOW, prepare??

We already know how it's affecting our office: a woman who is retiring next june is (a) not being replaced, and (b) has dropped down to 60% time for these next 12 months. You can imagine our office's collective reaction when the division VP announced that his division had somehow escaped unscathed and had taken "no cuts."
bovil
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
It's usually not bullshit. It's also usually not the technology, but the implementation.

It's usually an old HR administration that's gone that didn't want to enter data into a new system and now it's a bunch of manual work to find out the sort of information the system could just spit out if lazy people had done their damned job.

Our HR department has a real problem definitively determining who has seniority under what conditions, and retreat rights complicate the situation, but the main problem is just under a decade ago our HR director didn't want to do more than she absolutely had to, and 2 years ago that started causing problems.
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smofbabe
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
My sympathies to you and your co-workers. In high tech, if your company is publicly owned, no shareholder is allowed to know insider information before any other shareholder so once the Board decides on layoffs, they have to announce that fact immediately. However, it can often be *months* before they actually work out who is being laid off and prepare the necessary paperwork. It really sucks to have the sword hanging over your head. (One year this happened over a period that included Christmas, which made it suck even more.)
randy_byers
Jul. 12th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
The process has probably taken months here too, although most of that was the state legislature figuring out the state budget and figuring out whether the four-year schools would be allowed to raise tuition rates as much as they wanted to. We've known the whole time that cuts were coming, we just didn't know how big they were going to be. Now we apparently know exactly what the cuts are going to be, but we can't say. It's a good thing I don't have any hair left to pull out.
holyoutlaw
Jul. 12th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Argh! Teh suck! Hope things improve.
randy_byers
Jul. 12th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not sure what it will take for things to improve. Probably jacking tuition rates through the roof and/or admitting a lot more out-of-state and foreign students, unless the state decides it wants to support higher education again.
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kalimac
Jul. 12th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
A nice illustration of how layoffs are just as hard on retained staff as on those let go. If you were to say that reactions to this news within your stomach were so severe that you are not able to move forward with your normal duties, no human being could blame you, which would be a brutally effective way of finding out whether your bosses are human beings or not.
surliminal
Jul. 12th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry about this. University sector just shit at moment.. if any help we seem to have got past that stage and now have 4-6 new appointments! What is the point..
randy_byers
Jul. 13th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
If the cuts didn't seem so fucking pointless, maybe I'd be more sanguine. The fact that demand for our services has actually *increased* in the economic downturn makes the whole thing the height of perversity. Ah, rational markets!
farmgirl1146
Jul. 14th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
I assume by "the financial geniuses" you include the fellows at JP Morgan who gave themselves a self-congratulatory lion's share of $10bn.
randy_byers
Jul. 14th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
I never thought I'd envy Canada for its banking system, of all things.
reverendjim
Jul. 20th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
That all sounds depressingly like what's going on here. I hope it doesn't affect you too much.
I'd advise drinking fine beer.
randy_byers
Jul. 20th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Still no announcements. Plenty of fine beer. So you guys are taking big cuts too?
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