I’m not going to pretend to fully understand big corporate restructuring but you don’t have to to sympathise with anyone, anywhere currently being held in the line of layoff fire. Mini-Microsoft writes from within the Seattle giant (currently looking to cut 18 000 jobs), highlighting the stress and anxiety hitting the workforce.

First, the selfish stress about whether my job is affected. Then personal circle stress. Then partner collaboration stress. Then way out there general concerns about the company. And guess what: when folks are stressed and gossiping, they are not effectively – er, excuse me, productively (?) – implementing the latest strategy. Physiologically, they have increased cortisol and this time will turn into a fog.

And then…

That’s why I hope that Cut Quickly happens. With constant worries and concerns and doubts about engaging in new ideas due to expectations those would be the easiest to trim during ongoing cut-backs. When is it over? When is the “all clear” signal given?

All clear.