Today was bonus day at work. Yes, that's right. Bonus day. After we had 6 layoffs in 6 months we still made tons of money and got a bonus. Does that make sense to anyone? I didn't think so.
Don't get me wrong. I'm happy to get a bonus (especially with the ongoing never ending kitchen project) but I think that I'd rather see the company keep people employed and make slightly less profit as opposed to laying off 30% of the workforce in order to maintain a consistent profit margin.
There are times when I think it's appropriate to show a little compassion in business. True, the ultimate goal is to make the shareholders money. There's no doubting that as the sole responsibility of the business. Sometimes there are simply better ways to do that though. In this case we've removed so many people that when business picks back up (which it will) then we'll have to spend more time and money to train new workers than we would have spent to just keep those we already had.