Politics & Media
Apr 13, 2009, 12:24PM

Boss Gets Into Groove After 3rd Round of Layoffs

Gallows humor.

After two earlier rounds of clumsy, uncoordinated layoffs, Wiley Advertising manager Hank Strauss finally hit his pink-slip-issuing stride Friday with the "effortless" dismissal of one quarter of his remaining workforce."I was firing people in ways I never knew were possible," Strauss said. "Sometimes I'd tell them right off the bat that their position had been eliminated, and other times I'd build it up for a couple minutes and then drop the hammer. It all just came so naturally."As the firings progressed, Strauss reportedly felt as if he had entered a state of heightened awareness in which he was "three or four moves ahead" of his soon-to-be former employees.


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