< script type="text/javascript"> var blogherads = blogherads || {}; blogherads.adq = blogherads.adq || [];

In Tough Times, Sabbaticals are the Answer

Topic: Downsizing and sabbaticals.

 

Amanda Mesler: We did go through some downsizing in specific areas and internationally. We’ve done no downsizing in North America, but I thought it was done quite well.

First, we have a new CEO that joined us in June ‘08. As part of our strategy of being more competitive, we were looking at ways to be more efficient. So, it wasn’t a true downsizing because of the economy, it’s how you can make your company more efficient.

So, the company has done many things, first they try to find folks other jobs where there are, is potential and mostly again it’s dealing with customers around projects. But they’ve also done some really unique things in offering very key folks that may not have work right now - sabbaticals. So I have a very good friend of mine who’s been with the company for a long time and she just took a three-month sabbatical. So we do a lot of unique things like that because we do see that the market’s going to return.

 

Topic: Advice for employees who have been downsized.

 

Amanda Mesler: Always re-tool yourself, always learn! If an employee, regardless of what title, what level, what company, if they’re constantly improving themselves, constantly looking at ways to get training and education.

And this doesn’t have to cost you anything. You go on ####### internet learn just about anything these days. But if you constantly are trying to better yourself and improve your knowledge and experience through education, you’re going to be able to have all types of opportunities at your fingertips. Even now, even in this down economy there are people that are looking for right folks to employ, I certainly am.

 

Recorded on: June 07, 2009

While downsizing is business-as-usual for many companies, the Logica North America CEO Amanda Mesler also encourages work hiatuses that retain talented employees for when prosperity returns.

Live on Thursday: Learn innovation with 3-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in America with three Michelin stars, joins Big Think Live this Thursday at 1pm ET.

Big Think LIVE

Add event to your calendar

AppleGoogleOffice 365OutlookOutlook.comYahoo


Keep reading Show less

Did our early ancestors boil their food in hot springs?

Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of fire.

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Culture & Religion
Some of the oldest remains of early human ancestors have been unearthed in Olduvai Gorge, a rift valley setting in northern Tanzania where anthropologists have discovered fossils of hominids that existed 1.8 million years ago.
Keep reading Show less

Personal finance: How to save, spend, and think rationally about money

Finances can be a stressor, regardless of tax bracket. Here are tips for making better money decisions.

Videos
  • Whether you have a lot of money or a lot of debt, it matters how you handle your personal finances. A crucial step when it comes to saving is to reassess your relationship with money and to learn to adopt a broader, more logical point of view.
  • In this video, social innovator and activist Vicki Robin, psychologist Daniel Kahneman, Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, and author Bruce Feiler offer advice on achieving financial independence, learning to control your emotions, spending smarter, and teaching children about money.
  • It all starts with education and understanding. The more you know about how money works, the better you will be at avoiding mistakes and the easier it will be to take control of your financial circumstances.
Keep reading Show less

A new minimoon is headed towards Earth, and it’s not natural

Astronomers spot an object heading into Earth orbit.

Credit: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Paitoon Pornsuksomboon/Shutterstock/Big Think
Surprising Science
  • Small objects such as asteroids get trapped for a time in Earth orbit, becoming "minimoons."
  • Minimoons are typically asteroids, but this one is something else.
  • The new minimoon may be part of an old rocket from the 1960s.
  • Keep reading Show less

    Elon Musk promises $25,000 electric car at Tesla's 'Battery Day'

    The electric car manufacturer says updates to its battery design and manufacturing process will help lower production costs.

    Tesla
    Technology & Innovation
    • The high cost of batteries is the main reason why electric vehicles cost more than gas-powered cars.
    • At the company's 'Battery Day' event on Tuesday, Tesla announced a new battery design that will give its cars more power and a longer range.
    • The success of Tesla's plan depends on its ability to scale up production.
    Keep reading Show less
    Quantcast