As of January 1, 2014, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will be laying off approximately 19 firefighters. Regardless, the Barrington Fire District will be expanding and these firefighters will be offered jobs.
The firefighters will be enrolling in 401(k) plans and will get to keep their current salaries. Their Paid Time Off (PTO) that they have earned will also transfer over to the new job.
The firefighters have to accept their offers by the end of the month but who wouldn’t accept? If only all organizations had the ability to offer jobs to the employees they layoff, maybe layoffs wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
Not only is it great that these firefighters get to keep a job, but it is much better to have a layoff by closing a department or in this case, a district, than to layoff random employees from different areas, which does happen in organizations.
If a company has no other choice but to layoff a number of employees, it should take a good, hard look at the business needs before making a decision. Often times, companies will find that closing a part of their business is the best solution. Then, these employees can be placed into other open positions within the company.
Layoffs are never an easy thing to do and the impact on every party is difficult. The person being laid off is going to be deeply impacted. The company will need to recover. Employees who stay become worried, feel guilty and have to pick up the work. However, if done right, the pain of these layoffs can be greatly minimized.
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