Tech layoffs: It's business, not personal

It's not that they don't want you, just that they do not need you anymore. Or, so they think

Suveen Sinha

In early January 2017, I found myself without a job when they shut down my entire department. My well-wishers thought I was an idiot for not seeing it coming. The not-so-well-wishers said I was the idiot who had it coming. For years used to being courted by prospective employers, I could not come to terms with the fact that my existing employer did not want me anymore.
Long story short, I know the pain of losing one’s job. I can understand the pathos in the LinkedIn post by Justin Moore, who, after he became one of the 12,000 sacked by Google, wrote: “… employers — especially big, faceless ones like Google — see you as 100 per cent disposable.” But that doesn’t mean I fully agree with Mr Moore. Now that I look back, it is not that my employers did not want me, it is just that they did not need me anymore. Or, so they thought.
Thousands in the global technology sector, where 166 companies have laid off
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

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First Published: Jan 26 2023 | 10:09 PM IST

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