In this poll, let's assume you're an employer. Your accountant has informed you that business hasn't been so great, and advises laying someone off just to stay in the black for the next quarter. Right now, the way things are, your company can't afford to be in debt right now. You need to lower payroll by $40,000, and there's 5 people that fall into that bracket. You know that if you let someone go, you could split the extra workload between the remaining 4 employees. They're all equally compenent. Who would you let go?
A year later, business is up, and you can hire an extra employee. It's for a misc. desk job, mostly clerical/administrative assistant duties, and there's 5 decent applicants. Who gets the job?