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Why Firing Someone Needs to Hurt

And how you can avoid layoffs as an emergency maneuver

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MMany big companies rang in the new year with layoffs — including Intel, Ancestry, Lyft, Quora, and Mozilla. Of course, no one enjoys laying people off — reducing headcount simply remains a classic business move when it comes to reducing losses. One fewer employee means one fewer salary and benefits package.

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