These, no doubt, are good people who were just doing their jobs in the best way they knew.
Layoffs are rarely the fault of employees. Usually they are necessary because someone upstairs or at head office screwed up or there is a rationalization of overlapping services. Perhaps the need for rationalization could be characterized as a screw-up as well. Why didn’t management see it coming?
Layoffs also result from bad market conditions, again, no fault of the employee.
In the city’s case, spending has gotten out of control on the operating side with no one prepared to deal with the problem until the largest operating deficit in Ottawa history was created.
New city manager Steve Kanellakos was hired in May and he knew that his job was to get the deficit under control.
These can’t be easy days for Kanellakos. Your agent has never been fired or laid off but he has had to fire a few people and its not easy. Not easy at all.
The laid-off employees enter a job marketplace not at all like the City of Ottawa. Companies now offer few benefits or simply keep people by renewing contracts. A job at the City of Ottawa is like a dream to young people who go from contract to contract or one miserable job to another.
There is sadness all around at city hall for management and staff alike.
Now the people of this community must deal with the people who let the deficit get out of hand and created all this sadness.
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