There are plenty of articles out there about creative ways to avoid layoffs. They may not be the ones that scream from the front page, but they are definitely out there. It surprised me to see that the U.S. is one of the places that this happens most. It's just less-than-creative, but it also goes along with our less-than-socialist bent.
This is from Time this week:
"Asia's approach to layoffs contrasts with attitudes in the U.S., where staff cuts are considered to be a standard corporate coping strategy during business downturns. In January, for example, U.S. employers eliminated 598,000 jobs — the most in any month in 34 years — but there was scant public debate over whether the layoffs were necessary or justified. "
Here are a series of articles about things people are doing, to stop the unemployment glut. Pass them around and talk about them over coffee. The next pink slip might be yours.