[The Lansing State Journal laid off eight of 380 employees]
Gannett today resumes the slow torture of more than 30,000 newspaper division employees, still waiting to learn today -- but maybe not until tomorrow -- whether they're among 600 workers being laid off at the company's 84 community dailies. With the simultaneous elimination of 400 other division jobs, the downsizing is one of the newspaper industry's biggest mass layoffs. (Paper-by-paper list of layoffs.)
No duh: Employees are mighty pissed about how Gannett's handling this. A sampling of Gannett Blog comments -- with one reader saying Corporate has now lost control over its employee communications:
All human resources employees: Can you please explain why Gannett could not announce these layoffs and tell those employees losing their jobs -- all on the same day? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.
- The decision to announce the layoffs last week, and then drop the hammer this week, borders on inhumane. It's definitely cruel and unusual. There's nothing quite like having a full weekend to worry about your future.
- This is all so Mickey Mouse. They announce it Friday, so that makes the weekend miserable. Then the cuts aren't coming until Wednesday, so Mondays and Tuesdays are further misery. I can't blame anyone saying they can't stand the stress. You really have to ask yourself if you need to be treated this way by a company you have only shown loyalty towards.
- I think the day of an employee finding out anything from Gannett before Jim does is over. The way I see it, the word was given to publishers from Corporate on Wednesday of last week to send the word out to the employees by Friday about the layoffs. Jim found out the same day as the publishers. The publishers didn't even have a chance to print their letters to their employees before it was posted on this blog.
Earlier: Corporate's layoff instructions to newspaper publishers
[Image: yesterday's State Journal front page, Newseum]