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 la
				
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Description: A speech to follow a layoff (serious in tone)
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