Welcome to the November 2022 Recap. This month we had articles examining the recent layoffs at Meta and other tech giants, an article on the Virtual Reality Workplace and an interesting piece on how technology is increasingly being used to announce bad news such as large-scale redundancies to workforces rather than a face-to-face approach.
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“This is a sad moment, and there’s no way around that” said Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive as he made the announcement, 9th Nov 2022, that Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and metaverse operation, Reality Labs, would be laying off 11,000 employees (around 13% of its 87,000 workforce).
This is the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s almost 19-year history ….. so, what’s the matter at Meta?
Remote working is one thing and hybrid working has certainly become the norm for many of us in this post pandemic world, but how about the idea of a Virtual Reality workplace? Pie in the sky? Probably not actually and probably sooner than we think.
The rapid emergence of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) over the last few years has introduced the very real possibility of virtually creating any working environment and convincing avatars of the employees who work there.
Technology has largely been a blessing in the corporate world, making many things significantly easier for companies and employees alike. It has been impactful in storing and sorting out essential data and has also been immensely helpful in easy and smooth communication regardless of distance or time.
Technology has become indispensable. During the pandemic it helped numerous companies stay in business at a time when people were not able to meet in person and needed to collaborate effectively remotely. However, a new trend is emerging and there are companies that have taken things a step too far by using the very technology that kept their teams working together, to communicate bad news to their employees en masse, such as restructuring and layoffs.