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Here are a few words used in yesterday’s press release from the D.C. Public School system about the coming teacher layoffs: “equalization,” “right-size,” “reduction-in-force,” “align staffing,” and “required separations.”
One word not used: “layoffs.”
In the same spirit of linguistic transparency, City Desk offers this handy guide to layoff euphemisms, care of Bob Sutton (author of The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t) and one of his old blog posts at Work Matters. Consider including some of these next time!
Adjusting to shifts in demand
Cost improvement plans
“He got the box”
Rebalancing the level of human capital
Special forces philosophy
Synergy-related headcount restructuring
“We’ve decided to go in another direction”
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman offers another: “amortizing the work force.”