The global economy has gotten so bad that Japan and some countries in Europe have tried to save jobs by implementing "work-sharing" programs. Here in the U.S., employers are equally concerned with keeping employees on staff, while still cutting costs. Their response is to implement furloughs. Furloughs are unpaid days off and Dr. John Sullivan, in his article for ERE, Employee Furloughs Can Be a Bad Alternative to Layoffs, clearly disagrees with this solution.

According to Sullivan, furloughs are used instead of layoffs by companies that "lack the courage to look employees in the eye and terminate them." He goes on to list the many ways that furloughs can ultimately do more harm than good. Continue reading ...

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