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How to make the kindest cuts

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LAYING off people is never easy. Apart from the minefield of ill will that bosses have to navigate when cutting headcount, companies are also learning that morale and reputation are at great risk when a retrenchment exercise is poorly executed. This Saturday in the Brunch feature of The Business Times Weekend, find out what it takes to carry out a lay-off exercise and what are some best practices that companies tend to neglect.

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