Well, in fairness, that's not the notice they are sending to tell people they are being let go -- that would be evil.
But yea, this is what we call "burying the lead".
Out of curiosity...do they send written notices regarding one's impending layoff to an employee?
My experience with corporate layoffs has been that the people being laid-off get escorted (singly or in very
small groups) to a room where an HR person collects your ID, has you sign some COBRA and other paperwork, hands you a check, speaks briefly about how to apply for you State's unemployment benefit, passes out an info packet about whatever layoff counselling and assistance will be provided (usually by an outside speciality firm - and never
on company property), does not apologize for what has happened
, wishes you the best - and then has HR and/or security personnel escort you out the door.
In some respects, I guess it really doesn't matter how sensitive they try (or don't try) to be. A mass layoff is a bad scene to either be caught up in - or to witness if you're "one of the survivors." Nobody, including the company, emerges unscathed from one of those.