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Re: Microsoft tells contractors to take 7 days off (Usa Today)

  • Subject: Re: Microsoft tells contractors to take 7 days off (Usa Today)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 07:10:19 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Tuesday 23 May 2006 01:06 \__

Oops! I posted a dupe. It wasn't intentional... *polite smile*

> Quote:
> ---------------------
> Microsoft has told about 1,000 technology contract workers to take
> seven days off the job, without Microsoft pay, in a cost-saving move
> that came as the company unveiled a series of new perks for its
> internal staff.

[sarcasm /] Maybe they are trying to catch up with Google, who give all
employees a day off the routine, just to do whatever they "think is a cool
idea". At Google, on the contrary, this is paid for whereas, evidently, the
working conditions in Microsoft have declined. Valued employees are leaving.

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft moves to stem staff exodus
| Ballmer brings back the towels
| By Nick Farrell: Monday 22 May 2006, 15:21
| SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft is facing a mass exodus of its staff to
| outfits like Google and some of the new-fangled Internet companies.


> Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said Monday that Microsoft told vendors
> who supply the contractors that about 1,000 workers globally would not
> be needed this week. The vendors, whose workers do software development
> for Microsoft, also were told to schedule two other days off, Gellos
> said....

I don't think that Microsoft can afford to sit back in comfort. As another
article indicates, it is an attempt to manipulate the balance sheets.

> Gellos also said the decision was unrelated to a move, announced late
> last week, to offer new perks to its Redmond employees such as enhanced
> child-care benefits, access to dry cleaning and grocery delivery
> services, and better cafeteria food.
> "I can understand why people might think that there is a connection,
> but there is not," Gellos said.
> ------------------

According to the link I later posted, there is no connection at all.


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