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Has Business Cut Off Its Nose to Spite Its Face?

The last 18 months have been hard for Albertans, and while the price of oil is on a sluggish rise, we have seen reductions and layoffs in all industries, not just the energy sector, with a slow return to hiring. These cuts will have an impact in a way that has not yet been perceived, with the question being, have we gone too far?

The boom-bust cycle in Alberta is nothing new. As a matter of fact, the Baby Boomers have experienced this before, first in the early 1980s, with several others of varying degrees leading up to the current downturn. By all accounts though, this cycle is different as it is expected to be a structural change for the oil and gas industry that will affect how companies do business going forward. However, did companies consider their people asset requirements for the future in the latest cost cutting initiatives?

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