“We are going to upgrade you with immediate effect. We are going to allow you to move on in order that you can you use your talents and skills more effectively and thus upgrade your career and opportunities.”
Apparently, according to The Irish Times, that’s what a woman was told when her position was eliminated.
I remember a colleague’s story about a laid-off employee who, while packing up his office, secretly placed a pound of ground beef above the ceiling tile. It took them about a month to figure out where the smell was coming from. It’s stuff like this that makes people mad enough to do things like that.
It’s not fun to fire people, but the one thing you CAN do for them is not blow smoke up their skirts. Being treated like an idiot doesn’t make anyone feel better.