Cali Yost: Photo by Doug Mott
As job losses continue to pile up, you'd think someone would be asking if layoffs are the only answer. Cali Yost, a workplace consultant and author, has been asking that question a lot lately (as have some others.) She has shown that that once you consider the direct and indirect costs of a layoff -- outplacement, unemployment benefits, re-hiring and training new employees, layoffs end up costing a company between 150 percent and 250 percent of an employee's salary and rarely improve financial results. And she is on a mission to convince employers to start thinking differently. Yost has been keeping a list of companies she calls Downsizing Flexibility Champions, which honors companies that have figured out alternatives to figure out alternatives to layoffs.
So what do you do if there's a whiff of layoffs in the air and you'd like to get your employer to start thinking like one of those champions on Yost's list? I spoke with her about how to get a conversation started aboutRead More »from Negotiating an alternative to a layoff: 5 questions for Cali Yost