I have to lay off three more guys today.
True anecdote: My Supreme-On-Site-Boss was directed by the Board to trim staff by
a particular number of dollars... He replied that according to the bylaws and whatnot,
he provided a budget, and they were responsible either for raising sufficient funds to
pay for budgeted expenses (including staff) or find a different S-O-S-B whose budget
afford, and since he'd already made all the possible cuts, they really just
needed to come up with the (relatively small amount of) additional funds....
They let him "resign" instead of firing him outright, then his "interim" replacement (a board
member, in violation of same bylaws) went through the motions of assessing the operational
needs of the institution and then fired the same people they wanted to get rid of in the first
The moral of the story: Yeah, it sucks to have to do it, but all you can achieve by refusing to
do it is to join them when they file for unemployment.