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Upgrading is the new downsizing

By on January 5, 2009

Every January, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, gives out awards to the world’s top purveyors of business twaddle for outstanding achievement during the past 12 months.

My favourite this year comes in the category of Best Term For Sacking People

In 2008, a US company fired its workers by “upgrading”:

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.

Upgrading is the new downsizing, and we can expect lots of upgrading in the games industry in 2009.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: