From a Fark poster in a thread about Cisco netting 2.8 billion dollars last quarter and then laying off 4,000 employees:
See, there are expectations and then there are Expectations. When you meet Expectations, it's an indication that your company is a finely tuned machine that needs to become more efficient and tap into new revenue streams in order to meet Expectations for the next quarter, and the best way to do this is to reduce your workforce so that you can save enough money to make it easier to penetrate new markets. But if you only meet expectations, it's an indication that your company is inefficient and not tapping all possible revenue streams, and the best way to do this is to reduce the work force to eliminate redundant employees. And God help you if you don't meet expectations, because that's an indication that the company is inefficient and that it might be time for new leadership who can tap new revenue streams so that your company can meet expectations (or Expectations) the next quarter, which means you need to reduce the workforce which is obviously responsible for your not meeting expectations in the first place. Remember, the key word in the phrase "human capital" is capital.
-- Fark user Mentat from this thread.
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