example position: you agree with the statement (your position)
example opposing position: disagreement with the statement
points in support of your position
*the importance of public companies meeting quarterly earnings targets
*managers rewarded for meeting short-term targets / punished for not meeting them
*common for layoffs in order to meet earnings targets and/or to categorize heavy losses as "one-time expenses"
criticisms of the other position:
*companies that at one time had "no layoff" policies no longer have them
*investors don't reward "future potential" as much as they do short-term success
points against your position:
*many companies focus on the long-term with employee training programs, management development programs, tuition reimbursement. Historically, these companies have been among the most consistently successful
criticisms of your position:
*companies have annual, as well as quarterly goals.
*anyone who focuses on the very short-term exclusively will not be completely successful in the medium term.
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