Due to crashing oil prices, thousands of folks are losing their jobs. Today a colleague of mine got laid off from an energy firm. This energy engineer told me that the day before he got his pink slip his boss told him that he'd done an "outstanding" job during his tenure with the firm. I thought, hmm..., is this a new HR strategy? Prop the employee up before the big letdown! So, to try to cheer the poor guy up, I emailed him the song "Outstanding" by The Gap Band!