Language of layoffs

Radio Shack is cutting about 400 jobs, and the people who are being laid off got the bad news by e-mail. Here’s how the company phrased it, providing an interesting example of the language used in the business world:

“The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.”


One thought on “Language of layoffs

  1. This is pretty straightforward, as these things go. Then we have more euphemistic things like “reorganization,” “repurposing,” and “realignment,” all of which have been used at my wife’s company when people get fired.

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