Sharing alike?

Earlier, we noted Shares Services BC would be the hardest hit by the provincial government's second round of workforce adjustments - which are impacting 233 positions. And now we can report 82 non-union positions have been axed within that division, resulting 60 individuals receiving layoff notices. This, according to email sent out yesterday by Shared Services BC president and chief executive officer Beth James. The following is a complete copy of that email.

From: James, Beth SSBC:EX
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 4:14 PM
To: SSBC All Staff
Subject: CEO Message to All Staff
Importance: High

Good Afternoon,

As I committed to you, I have an update today on our workforce adjustment.

Last week we focused on included positions. Now, I am able to inform you of decisions made around the 82 excluded positions we are eliminating in our organization.

Expanded Executive has undertaken a thoughtful and thorough, principles-based process, that carefully considered the specific needs of Shared Services BC, to determine the leadership positions required to support our business processes moving forward. That group is made up of the SSBC Executive Committee and all Executive Directors. Our decisions were challenging to make and they reflect a great deal of informed discussion among the group.

Of the 82 positions impacted, 60 individuals are receiving notification letters. As a result of our review process, we were able to identify 22 positions that we will not be filling. These are situations where people have left for other opportunities, retirement, or are returning to their base positions.

Of the 60 excluded employees receiving notification letters today; 15 are in Client Services; 20 in Operations; 20 in Strategic Infrastructure and Planning; and five in Corporate Services. There are many cases where existing positions and people remain unchanged; however, some new and different positions are needed in certain areas. The new organizational chart outlining excluded positions is available on the SSBC Intranet.

Be assured, every effort will be made to assist the individuals impacted to find employment within the public service.

I want to sincerely thank all of the valued professionals who will be leaving us. Your hard work and dedication to our organization is much appreciated and the SSBC Executive and I wish you all the best. Workforce adjustment is a difficult time and your professionalism throughout is a testament to the leadership ability that will serve you well in the future.

I also would like to thank you all for supporting each other, and your Executive team, through this process. I'm confident your camaraderie and resilience will help Shared Services BC to be successful throughout this time of change.

Beth James

President and CEO
Shared Services BC

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