Often you can trace a bad decision to either not having enough data or as a result of just looking at the positive results and not factoring in the negative. I also think layoffs are largely the results of managers thinking employees are replaceable parts. The unique personalities, relationships and skills every employee brings to the table should make it clear that staffing decisions need to be measured and surgical, not massive and catastrophic.
My belief and hope is that analytics will eventually end layoffs. One of the few practices that often makes the folks that stay with a company feel like they lost the related lottery, and sadly, often make these same folks right.
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