Firings not always easy for small companies

There’s a tendency that workers have to think of their employers as rather heartless. In bad economic times, especially, it’s easy to think of your employers as enemies. Layoffs and firings tend to do that.

But an interesting story in the New York Times highlights the human side of companies. Turns out, firing people isn’t all that much fun for anyone.

The story highlights the wrenching decision that officials at Grafton, Wis.-based Ram Tool had to make recently: It took the company three days of discussions to decide to lay off four workers.

After the deed, the company’s vice president ran to her office, shut the door and burst into tears.

It’s good to see this side of companies. Sometimes we all get jaded. We think companies enjoy shedding employees. Most times, it’s a process no one enjoys.