Layoff Speech DESCRIPTION by PodiumNotes


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									DESCRIPTION OF SPEECH: A speech addressing the workforce after a layoff (literary in tone). WHOM SPEECH IS SUITABLE FOR: CEO, President, Department Director, etc. “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” That is a quote from Aldous Huxley, and it is relevant today because, as you know, [Company Name] has had to lay off some employees. It is relevant because we cannot go back in time, take some different actions and avoid the layoffs—as much as I would like to, whether or not even a time machine would even make avoiding them possible. So we’re left with the only things we can change—the present and, most importantly, the future. We are often cautioned against “dwelling” in the past, but Huxley’s wise words also caution us against forgetting the past. In effect, we need to “dwell” in the past, to constructively dwell in the past, just enough to learn the lessons it imparts. Right about now, we at [Company Name] need to become students of history for a while—students of [Company Name] history. History does not spell out its lessons for us, of course. We need to analyze its stories intensely. And just as world historians do not always agree on history’s lessons, we find no easy answers with [Company Name]’s story. Some of the reasons behind these layoffs were circumstances beyond our control. [If appropriate, name reason(s), ala “The economic downturn, changing government telecommunications regulations.”] But there are things we perhaps could have done differently, too. [If appropriate, name thing(s), ala “Maybe we shouldn’t have entered the Northwest market just yet.] I don’t know for sure. As with the study of world history, there really are n
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