Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Intersection of People and Process: Welcome to the MotherShip Land – Please Stay

The Intersection of People and Process: Welcome to the MotherShip Land – Please Stay
Update - Microsoft Plans Cost Cuts, But Huge Layoffs Unlikely
http://www.cnbc.com/id/28483075/

Jan.03
4:07 PM ET
9 hours ago
Microsoft Plans Cost Cuts, But Huge Layoffs Unlikely
Posted By: Jim Goldman

Microsoft [MSFT 20.33 0.89 (+4.58%) ]
will embark on a significant cost-cutting initiative in 2009, which might begin as early as this month, to offset a global slowdown in sales.

However, sources tell me the cuts will largely be handled through attrition and the non-renewal of contract employees, rather than through a rumored, sweeping layoff.

Rumors of a broad workforce reduction at the world's largest software maker have been swirling since a blog post last week purported to show that Microsoft was preparing to lay off as many as 15,000 employees, or 17 percent of its workforce.

A Microsoft source tells me that the speculation is "grossly exaggerated," but added that "any company not paying careful attention to headcount in a climate like this is nuts."

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