In certain divisions/departments, the heads used the SARS crisis as an excuse to get rid of under performed staff and those whom they had a grudge. Sure, there were divisional heads who were out to impress their bosses by cutting cost for the company.
Whatever reasons to rid their staff was short-sightedness because when SARS suddenly disappeared there was a shortage of staff. No heads or SVPs were penalized for the short-sightedness except for one. Many of my ex-colleagues pointed the finger at my SVP. He was fired but I personally believed he paid the price not due to the retrenchment of the crew but for insubordination.