Take my workers – please

HR at JDS’ Victoria plant has a 112-page directory of laid-off staff for you to pick from.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/23/2002

At one time the HR department at JDS Uniphase Victoria fought hard to keep employees from being stolen away by other companies — it spent much of last month trying to get every one of them hired by somebody else.

The plant wound up production at the end of January but rather than simply laying off its employees, JDS Uniphase was determined to help them find other work, said Arlene Keis, director of HR. And while it’s a common refrain from employers closing down operations, JDS Uniphase went to extraordinary lengths to do so.

They produced a 112-page directory with biographical sketches of the more than 180 people who were to be let go. It was mailed to 400 employers, mostly in manufacturing, throughout British Columbia and western Canada and thousands more flyers went out promoting the catalogue.