Thanks, I would have missed that. I’m glad I know how it turned out, or these strips would be driving me crazy….
This is getting a little tedious. If Bernie doesn’t have an HR department, this might be a good time to get one. As a marketing guy, Mike doesn’t know jack about how to lay people off, and he’s going to get Bernie’s ass sued right out from under him. Other than as a plot device with Mike and Kim, this makes no sense. And the conversation keeps getting lamer.
We know MIke and Kim are still around. Could someone please post a spoiler and let me know if they are still at Bernies?
Fifty+ coders and he doesn’t have an HR department? I was a coder once and was assigned to HR (by choice) for a year to improve their recruitment and retention. Interesting place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Was kind of fun knowing which senior manager’s days were numbered. Sworn to secrecy, of course.
Mike and Kim should take the packages, start a new company, and take over Bernie. I bet he forgot the NC clause…
And I am curious where Trudeau is going with this. Business related layoffs are very common in the tech industry. Every manager should be familiar with it and have the tools for handling it as fairly as possible. Every employee should be aware that it is always a possibility. It seems like Bernie is being set up as a bad guy for trying to keep his company alive and functioning.
It is always unfortunate when a person loses a job that fits their skills well and has been lucrative for them. But anyone in a high tech firm knows the risks and should have a savings account (from their high pay) and a current resume handy. And a few recent outside contacts don’t hurt either.
Why not use George Clooney from “Up in the Air”? (Great movie if you haven’t seen it)
It was even the title of a very early PBS book! https://www.amazon.com/Pearls-Before-Swine-BLTs-Taste/dp/0740734377/
“But BLT’s taste so good” – Actual Pig quote
I’m having a pig day myself. Wah!!!
Bernie’s company is in some form of cutting edge high tech. Those jobs come with high risk/high reward for employees. If they have any sense they have stock options that just might pay off big. But the downside is that the company can’t afford to carry you through a bad time.
It is a real social crime when a long time stable company kicks long term employees out the door to save a few bucks. But in high tech, you takes your chances.