"$2.8 million in restructuring charges [mostly severance payments] related to lean manufacturing productivity initiatives in the food products segment during the second quarter, including the discontinuation of fresh sausage operations at two facilities."
Leaving aside joking about lean sausage and lean manufacturing, it's obvious that lean initiatives in remaining facilities will face more employee resistance. Workers have seen what will happen if their facilities get too productive.
Is this a case of a difference in understanding between the manufacturing function, human resources function, and finance? Or the company's complete lack of understanding of what lean is about?