AM I NEXT? MONSTER.COM

Am I Next? Layoffs at Monster.com.

Weston, Massachusetts-based Monster Worldwide, a subsidiary of human resources multi-national Diemen, Netherlands-based Randstad Holdings, has announced that its subsidiary Monster.com, once a dominant resume job board, job recruiting and placement service, has announced a reduction in force of approximately five-percent of its global staff, resulting in about 100 layoffs, mostly in sales and support areas.

A Monster spokesperson added the standard corporate dribble, “To accelerate our progress towards sustainable, profitable growth across Monster, we have made the difficult decision to eliminate certain positions in our workforce across our global organization. We regret the impact this will have on our colleagues and their families, and plan to do everything we can to support people affected and treat them with the utmost dignity and respect, including providing outplacement support to help ease the transition.”

According to Monster CEO Scott Gutz, “The impacted positions are across all functions and geographies with a focus on the globalization of our products and marketing initiatives, transforming how we sell to and service our customers, and redirecting resources to next generation technology and data solutions.

It should be noted that traditional job recruitment and placement resources appear to be dying as job-seekers and employers turn to automated systems with pattern-matching and filtering capabilities.

There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT SYSCO

Am I Next? Mass layoffs at Sysco Food Services.

Houston, Texas-based Sysco Corporation, a multi-national institutional grocer, has announced the layoff of ten percent of their corporate support staff, estimated at 300 workers mostly located in the company’s centralized service center in Cypress, Texas which supports its administrative business functions.

Sysco CEO Tom Bené noted “Any time you take an action like this, it’s difficult for the associates involved and we take that very seriously here. At the same time, it is our responsibility to be constantly looking for ways to optimize this business and improve the overall experience our customers have with doing business with us.”

According to Sysco’s 2019 Second Quarter results, “In order to drive continued growth and value creation, Sysco recently implemented organizational and executive leadership changes, which further align the company with its customer first operating model and streamline the business. This reorganization results in an approximate 10 percent reduction in salaried corporate support positions.”

There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE -- LAYOFFS AT NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

Am I Next? Mass Layoffs at Nissan North America.

Franklin, Tennessee-based Nissan USA, the iconic Japanese automaker, has announced that it plans to lay off approximately 700 contract workers at its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant.

The decision was conditioned by the reduced sale of vans and Titan pickup trucks. A company spokesman noted that the Van production line shifts will be reduced from two to one and the production line shifts on the Frontier and Titan pickups will be reduced from three to two. Even though the company will attempt to reassign employees to other shifts or functions within the company, approximately 700 employees will remain unassigned.

Of course, the layoff is accompanied by the usual corporate-speak with the spokesperson noting, “Nissan is adjusting production capacity at its Canton manufacturing facility to match market demand and maintain healthy inventory levels.”

The company was quick to point out that the layoffs had nothing to do with the arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn for fraud.

This should come as no surprise to contract workers as Nissan had previously announced that it was trimming its workforce by approximately 20 percent in May, 2018 to increase profitability. Contract workers will be targeted first to allow Nissan to keep honoring its no-layoff policy for direct employees. Perhaps one of the reasons that the majority of direct employees rejected representation by the United Auto Workers in 2017.

Look for an additional headcount reduction in the engine production line in Decherd, Tennessee. Nissan has not revealed any notice of cuts to its Smyrna, Tennessee facility.

There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?