IBM to cut 5,000 jobs to Improve Productivity

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
According to this Reuters news story, IBM will cut around 5,000 jobs in the United States. This is a sad but increasingly common turn of events as companies react to the changes in the market. Companies are losing good people and good people are now looking for jobs. This quote got my attention:
The company has not disclosed how many jobs it has cut so far this year, but has said it was making "structural changes" to reduce spending and improve productivity.
I can't help but wonder what the impact will be on the people who remain - who will be expected to do more with less.

This got me thinking: IBM wants to improve productivity. IBM employees all use Lotus Notes. eProductivity for IBM Lotus Notes can help users become more productive, save 20-30 minutes each day, and get things done. I don't know if leadership at IBM gets this yet, but I know many excellent and productive employees at IBM that do. How do I know this? because they are purchasing eProductivity with their own money.  

What does it say about a product when employees of a company see enough value to justify purchasing it even when their employers won't?

And, it's not just IBMers, either. Many of the eProductivity subscriptions and license purchasers are individuals who want to get things done while increasing their value to their organization. At less than $1 a day for a subscription to eProductivity, it certainly makes sense.

Link: eProductivity for IBM Lotus Notes

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