How to Keep from Getting"Riffed"


The English language is marvelous in its ability to change and adapt. In recent months I've heard more than a few people express fear of, or commiserate over, a RIF. I was unfamiliar with the term and went to Wikipedia, where I found that the letters stand for a Reduction In Force. The really sad thing is that there are variations on this acronym, such as IRIF (involuntary reduction in force), VRIF (voluntary reduction in force), eRIF (email reduction in force),and WFR (work force reduction). According to Wikipedia the abbreviation is often pronounced like the word riff rather than spelled out. It's sometimes used as a verb, as in "the associates at that firm were pretty heavily riffed."

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