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David Walker
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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Cut Hours, Not Heads

The current economic downturn provides an opportunity to streamline organizations and reposition them for the future. Downsizing is likely to be a component of any related effort. In doing so, the driving force in decision making should be what critical skills and knowledge will be needed in the future -- in what relative quantities and at what levels.

Therefore, downsizing should be driven by skills and knowledge and succession planning considerations, and not seniority. Employees need to engage with their employees and their representatives in order to consider options, and prevent counter-productive speculation that can undermine employee morale. Sometimes, it is better to cut back on employee hours than reduce headcount, especially if the positions or employees involved are critical to the entity's future success.

By David Walker

 |  February 9, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
Category:  Economic crisis Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I would love to have some more time off. This American idea that 3 weeks vacation a year is generous and 60 hour work weeks are normal is just insane. The money I would save in commuting costs, etc. would somewhat make up for the pay cut.

Posted by: n_mcguire | February 10, 2009 10:25 AM
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