Mass layoffs no easy task – is BlackBerry doing it right?

Don’t leak news until all your ducks are in a row: Expert
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/27/2013

Back in 2001, in the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Cissy Pau was an HR manager at an aerospace company facing major losses. In the end, it had to lay off three-quarters of its staff, or about 350 people, over a two-year span.

BlackBerry is facing a similar situation today — albeit on a much larger scale. In September, it announced an “ongoing workforce reduction” that will amount to 4,500 employees or about 40 per cent of its workforce. At press time, a few hundred employees had already been let go.