It’s an all too familiar story. You’re walking through the tech offices, and you can feel the tension in the air. You see the looks of worry on people’s faces, and you can tell something isn’t right. You realize that a tech layoffs are imminent.

In the past few months, tech giants such as Microsoft, Meta, and Twitter have all announced layoffs of thousands of employees. And while the reasons for these layoffs differ from company to company, the effects are the same thousands of people are being laid off, and the tech industry is being drastically reshaped.

Despite the tech companies’ insistence that cost-cutting was at the heart of the recent wave of layoffs, the sheer number of employees affected and the timing of Microsoft’s simultaneous announcement of a $10 billion investment in OpenAI suggests that a business reason lies behind the decisions. It appears that the companies have chosen to invest in the growth of artificial intelligence technology over the livelihoods of their employees. This decision raises questions about OpenAI’s commitment to Responsible AI. Responsible AI is a concept that calls for the use of artificial intelligence technology in a way that is beneficial for society without causing harm.

“One example that raised questions about Google’s commitment to their long-term employees is the case of Kristin Maczko, Google’s director of worldwide mental health and well-being. After 15 years of dedicated service with the firm, Kristin was dismissed, creating a stir and making people doubt the company’s loyalty to its employees. This is a difficult and uncertain time for tech employees, as they fear losing their jobs in an industry that has long been known for its stability and security.”

Furthermore, layoffs significantly impacted big tech companies’ hiring practices, particularly their reliance on elite college graduates. Big tech firms such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple have long relied on top universities such as Stanford, MIT, and Harvard to provide them with the best and brightest graduates to fill their roles. However, these companies reduced hiring due to the economic downturn. This has directly impacted the hiring pipeline for elite college graduates.

The layoffs have reduced the number of entry-level positions available to these graduates, and the remaining positions are often highly competitive. As a result, many graduates have had to look elsewhere for work or accept positions with lower salaries than expected. Furthermore, the layoffs have caused big tech companies to rethink their recruitment strategies. Instead of relying solely on elite colleges, they are now looking to other universities and colleges for a wider talent pool.

The layoffs have also meant that big tech companies are less likely to offer internships and other opportunities to students. As a result, students have had to look elsewhere for internships and have had to find alternative ways to gain experience and skills. This has made it more difficult for students to gain the necessary experience to enter the big tech industry.

How to Cope and Thrive Through Tech Layoffs

While layoffs are never easy, they can also be necessary for companies to remain competitive in the ever-changing tech landscape. But that doesn’t make it any easier for those who are personally impacted by the layoffs. The impact of technology layoffs is felt beyond just those who were laid off. Close friends or family members may also feel the repercussions. This is especially true when the laid-off worker is a primary financial provider in the household. The same happens to any company’s Network of suppliers and partners. The impact is cascading and causes significant issues in the entire ecosystem that the company operates in if they provide technology services or software. This impact can be felt in almost every aspect of their customer’s business.

One of the best ways to cope with the pain and confusion of a tech layoff is to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. It can be helpful to think about the industry itself and understand that tech layoffs are often part of the natural cycle of progress and innovation. Technology is constantly changing and evolving, and companies must adapt to these changes to stay competitive.
The tech industry has long been a source of economic growth and innovation, and the rapid layoffs remind us how vulnerable the sector can be to economic disruption. Tech companies are often forced to make difficult decisions to stay afloat, and employees often bear the brunt of those decisions.

We are Tollanis

At Tollanis, we understand the need to pivot and adjust our strategies to stay competitive in the current climate. We remain committed to our core value of a deep-rooted connection between people and technology. We must ensure that our employees have the right tools and know-how to use them to succeed.

In these times of increased layoffs, we are making deliberate efforts to ensure our employees are empowered and equipped with the right skills and knowledge to be successful. We are focused on process improvement and people investment – introducing new technologies, digital solutions, and agile methodologies to streamline and simplify processes. We are also being adaptive and open-minded to the changes within the organization, allowing us to respond to challenges and capitalize on opportunities quickly. At Tollanis, we are devoted to creating an environment where people and technology can work together to drive success.