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Chriss Scherer Scherer has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. His experience in radio includes work as chief engineer at stations in Cleveland (WMMS-FM, WHK-AM, WZJM-FM, WJMO-AM...more

Archive for May 6th, 2009

Cutbacks everywhere

Just after the NAB Show we heard that Clear Channel had another round of layoffs. Unfortunately, some good workers lost their jobs thanks to an ailing economy. I know other companies have dealt with layoffs as well.

Some companies are shifting to a shortened work week as a way to trim costs without letting people go. While shifting to a four-day work week has its social and recreational advantage, it’s not easy for some people to take a 20 percent drop in pay. Still, it’s better to have a job than no job.

If you’re unemployed, getting a job is priority one. If you have been cut back in hours, take advantage of the extra time. Pick up some contract work. Take a class at the local college. Volunteer your time to a worthwhile cause.

It’s easy to be bitter about the change in your business life, but rather than dwell on the negative aspect, turn it into a positive. You might even find a better job in the process.

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