Until a week or so ago, I believed that my department had finished with staff reductions for the year, and that we clearly had enough work this year to use the staff we had. But then last week I learned that someone really goofed up (the term FUBAR would probably apply if I used that kind of language) when calculating the budget for my boss's boss's departments, resulting in a serious shortage in funds. The immediate result is that there will be no replacements for anyone who leaves (which really isn't a change at all). But it doesn't take much of a leap of intuition to figure out what the next step could be.
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