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Are Zoom Layoffs An Inevitable Part Of The Future Of Work?

Are Zoom Layoffs An Inevitable Part Of The Future Of Work?

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Are Zoom Layoffs An Inevitable Part Of The Future Of Work?

When Better.com’s CEO fired 900 workers over Zoom at the end of 2021, the backlash was swift and fierce.  

However, the concept of mass Zoom firings has since become a commonplace in today’s distributed workforce. For instance, Carvana recently fired 2,500 employees via Zoom and email, while fintech firm Klarana laid off 700 staffers using a pre-recorded message. 

The sudden wave of layoffs comes just months after corporations went on hiring sprees to meet skyrocketing demand in society’s self-proclaimed post-pandemic era. But now that demand is waning due to inflation’s burden and companies’ profit margins are slimming, leaders are realizing they may have overhired.  

As a result, virtual layoffs have slowly become the norm despite many employees’ viewing them as cold and callous. 

“A quick Zoom call attended by all the people a company is targeting to lay off takes five or 10 minutes, compared to other approaches that would involve more individualized meetings and in-person,” said Jennifer A Chatman, associate dean for academic affairs at Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. 

“Of course, the key here is ‘short-run’. While companies might see this approach as somehow advantageous from an efficiency perspective, it is problematic in all sorts of ways.” 

 

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