I think there must be a book out there something like ” layoffs made easy” or “Rightsizing Counseling for dummies” ….
Its not easy to tell someone that they are not going to have a job anymore, let alone the fact they have probably worked for the company for 2 or 3 years etc.
Ones has to do what one has to do. The least HR personell can do is to make it smooth…. so we are Change Managers. Nothing to laugh about I guess.
Balancing the organizational and employee priorities is tough. Thankless job :)