Downsizing is a sort of corporate anorexia
: companies can streamline their costs but such cuts don't help them to become healthy or grow.
: Malaise of a business organisation resulting from making too many creative people redundant in a cost-cutting exercise.
He points out what he calls the danger of "corporate anorexia
." Medical research suggests that body fat serves our immune systems and helps to sustain us when our reserves are low.
Government-type gobbledygook-such as "decombined," "saves" (as in financial savings to the downsized firm), "reduction of imbalanced skills," "corporate anorexia
," "resource reallocation", and "disconnected economy" is proliferating to describe layoffs and their consequences.
But listen more closely, read more carefully, and you'll see that behind those fading gasps of the "corporate anorexia
" that gripped America in the late '80s and early '90s is a new spirit of enterprise, an understanding that out of all the cost reductions, the downsizing, the Sturm und Drang of corporate restructuring, has come a need to grow.