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Layoff Speech

Layoff Speech

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DESCRIPTION OF SPEECH: A speech to follow a layoff (serious in tone).

WHOM SPEECH IS SUITABLE FOR: CEO, President, Department Director, etc.

When a [president, CEO, etc.] gathers the employees of [his/her] company and addresses them as I am today, there is always a reason. And standing here this [morning/evening/etc.], I can think of innumerable reasons I’d rather be speaking to you. But the fact of the matter is, we’ve had to lay some people off, and that decision demands addressing. Layoffs put a strain on many things—on the families directly involved, obviously, but also on the employees who remain and even on the business itself. This is not something that anybody here wanted to do. Quite honestly, it is something that we hesitated in doing. And I don’t expect this admission to bring total comfort to anybody, but after reviewing [name a few facts supporting decision, ala: “last year’s stock performance, overall sales figures and this region’s same store sales,” etc.], it simply had to be done. We could not afford to hesitate any longer. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." In fact, it was for the benefit of those present today, and of [Company Name] itself, that this move was made. Had we waited… Well, as Gary Collins said, "We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision” and, frankly, had we decided upon doing nothing for much longer, the layoffs would have been far more severe. You see, companies have lives of their own and they are similar to those that we, as individuals, lead, in many ways. Just as there are times we make personal life decisions that cause pain today for the purpose of a brighter tomorrow, so do companies. All layoffs are painful. And while some trimming of the workforce can be good for a company, looking at it in purely inhuman financial terms, this move brings its share of pain—the belt’s been tightened a bit too much for comfort, you might say, but… Well, as Sydney Harris once said, “When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'” And that ominous “what” was a possibility [Company Name] may have faced. We need to move on from here. And I won’t lie—we need to be operating at optimum efficiency to get ourselves out of the rut that prompted these lay-offs to begin with. And while I can see the sun up ahead on the horizon… It’s still a way off. Nonetheless, I am extremely confident in our analys that the belt has been tightened. In other words, we should not be looking at any more layoffs. For I do know what this group assembled here is capable of.

stand up eight. because I believe that after this belt tightening. addressing you all. Until then.I’m looking forward to the next time I find myself up here." . the next time I will be focused on good news. I’ll leave you with a Japanese proverb: "Fall seven times.

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