What’s the difference between a Reduction in Force (RIF) and a Reduction in Approved Headcount?
The latest rumors on Microsoft are seeming to be proving to be untrue. This is good news. As you may have seen from my blog post on January 1st - Welcome to the MotherShip Land – Please Stay.
It seems there will be cost cuts. Which is prudent and not unexpected. Now the waiting game starts. More than likely announcements will be made in Mid-January – prior to the Microsoft earnings announcements.
From CNBC -
So, the difference will be that there may not be a lot of hiring going on – with the rumored exceptions in key roles – and that there will reductions and continued freezes in the approved headcount. However, there will not likely be significant Reductions in Force (RIF’s).
This is a much softer message and one that should not prove to be as devastating to the MotherShip Land and to Seattle as a whole as predicted. The expected impact globally and to the Microsoft partner ecosystem will be reduced too. I for one and glad to hear about this and hope that it turns out to be true.
Cheers and Happy New Year. Welcome 2009.