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Kansas City Star's bizarre approach to a staff reduction

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by PaperClip529, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. PaperClip529

    PaperClip529 Member

    Via Romenesko, the Kansas City Star is telling two employees that one of them will lose their job. One of those employees on the chopping block - the one with seniority - gets to decide who gets cut.

    http://jimromenesko.com/2012/12/12/kansas-city-star-tells-reporters-to-decide-who-gets-laid-off/
     
  2. Race to the bottom in management techniques.
     
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    That's why they get the big bucks. An absolute disgrace.
     
  4. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Eh, management not wanting to take the blame.

    But, honestly, stuff like this goes on a lot, albeit in more subtle ways. Management decides to cut staff and word intentionally leaks out. So they offer a series of "buyouts" to employees. Typically the older ones get a more lucrative buyout than the newcomers. Some decide to take it, others pass. All the while knowing that if I pass, junior down the hall will get canned.

    Different method, same results.
     
  5. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I assume Karen Dillon will be rewarded with a bonus, as is standard for anyone making layoffs in this industry.
     
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    This is the most gutless and subhuman management move I have ever heard of at a newspaper. And I know that's saying a lot.
     
  7. writingump

    writingump Member

    Is the Cowardly Lion in charge of the KC Star?
     
  8. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Stuff like this goes on where, exactly?
     
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Beyond chickenshit...
     
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The Denver Post for one...
     
  11. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    This is why the book of 1 Kings should not be used as a management textbook.
     
  12. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    This sounds like a deleted scene from Office Space or something.
     
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