Popcap co-founder John Vechey has taken the unusual step of coming clean regarding international staff cuts and the possible closure of the company's office in Ireland.
Using the Popcap's blog
Vechey outlines that "at this time in North America there are about 50 people who will no longer work at PopCap" and also outlining the process that is being carried out and why.
He states, "...this morning we informed our employees about a reorganization in our studios that will include a 'Reduction In Force' in our North American operation ? mostly in our headquarters here in Seattle ? and an 'exploratory consultation' to evaluate the future of our PopCap office in Dublin, Ireland."
We read this as standard business bullshit before Mr Vechey did this:
"And now in English: 'Reduction In Force' means that some people are losing their jobs. 'Exploratory consultation' means we?re talking to our Dublin team about the future of that office and whether we can find a path to improve our profitability in Europe without having to close the operation. Today?s news is something you expect periodically from a company in a fast-changing industry, but it sucks if you?re one of the people losing his or her job. These people are our friends and we don?t like doing this."
That kind of approach is laudable and should be supported. Full blog is here.