A recent report by KATU revieled Monday night that Hewlett-Packard employees in Corvallis may be expecting up to 400 layoffs in the near future. According to HP, no decisions have been made, but economic development officials are preparing for possible layoffs.
Unfortunately, HP is not making a comment yet about the rumor. My question is, why not? It seems to me that the worst thing a company can do for its image is to not respond to a story like this when reporters are already writing about it.
HP did issue a release. However, it is only a vague statement saying basically that Hewlett-Packard is . . . “constantly looking at improving its business to better serve its customers.” What about its employees?
The only conclusion that I can make from this PR nightmare is that HP must have already layed off their public relations department.