http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/microsoft-lays-off-thousands-with-bad-memo.html First he starts his layoff memo with the phrase "Hello There". Then it takes until the 11th paragraph to actually mention 12,500 people would be losing their jobs. And this is the way he announced it: "we plan to support departing team members with severance benefits" is all the sympathy or feeling he can muster? And when he says "these decisions are difficult for the team" it sounds so impersonal and uncaring, as if he feels bad for himself and his managers, not the people losing their jobs. Also, why spread this out over a year? The most painless way to implement job cuts is do them quickly. Why not tell people now but give them time to either find another job within the company or externally? I can't see how this is good for morale. Who would give 100% not knowing if they're one of the 18,000 or not? Elop is the one that needs to go.