How NOT to Lay People Off


Boy, do I remember this one.

One of the companies I worked for before cartooning full-time was doing some reorganization.  The endless rounds of layoffs had everyone jumpy.

After one round, management must have noticed, so we had a meeting in the break room where, after more explanations of the company’s health and a well rehearsed sigh we heard “you know, it’s never easy letting good employees go.” And then, to his fellow management in the back, “what a day, guys! Who wants to grab some drinks after work?”

Tah-dah! A cartoon is born.

(By the way, scribbling furiously on a notepad immediately after a quote like that apparently gets you let go in the next round of layoffs. Just a heads up.)

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.



Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.