Eeny meeny miny moe
The buyout applications are in, and now the process of selecting those who will allowed to leave begins. The publisher wrote the troops Monday:
And Tom's addition:
From: XXXX On Behalf Of Buchanan, Margaret
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 1:26 PM
Subject: Voluntary Severance Program update
To: All non-represented employees
From: Margaret Buchanan
The deadline for applications for voluntary severance packages has passed and we are beginning the process of determining those we will accept to meet The Enquirer's goals as part of a Gannett-wide staff reduction announced in recent weeks.
I realize it will be a tense two weeks until those involved are informed about the status of their applications. I understand how difficult this will be and I know that many may be disappointed if their applications are denied. But we need to get this done and move on.
The Operating Committee has been working with its managers and supervisors to help determine what positions we should keep and which we can afford not to replace. As stated before, we will do this based on position, job function and years of service. Our goal is to notify employees individually by September 5 as to whether they've been accepted or not.
It's been a trying time for all of us. But I appreciate your hard work throughout, and again encourage you to ask questions – of me, your manager and/or Human Resources.
And Tom's addition:
From: Callinan, TomTelling reporters and editors not to speculate is like telling birds not to fly. The Enquirer asked for 50 buyout candidates and the word is that many more than that applied. For the newsroom, it means that some people who would very much like to leave will not be allowed to take the buyout. Chances are they'll have to stick around for the Enquirer's bright future.
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 3:24 PM
To: CIN-News Users
Subject: FW: Voluntary Severance Program update
In addition to the publisher's note below, here is how the voluntary severance program will be handled in News and related content departments:
My job will be to focus on the positions we can re-assign or restructure around, not the individuals.
I will work with the publisher on which positions in which departments we may consider. Then, where there are multiple volunteers in a certain job category, Human Resources will determine the individuals who will qualify based on years of experience, nothing else.
Here are general guidelines I have established:
-- Our top priority will be respecting our First Amendment responsibility -- public interest reporting and civic engagement.
-- We must protect our local news gathering capabilities.
-- We must protect strategic initiatives, such as NKY and the Edge.
-- We must ensure that basic operations -- the ability to produce a timely and lively web site and well-edited newspaper -- are protected.
-- And we need to keep in mind the demands of an increasingly digital future.
Decisions will be made in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, I don't think it benefits anyone to speculate on what that means for the individuals involved and/or the departments they come from.