Growing up, you likely heard the phrase, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another,” or “There’s always something going on.” The deeper you get into adulthood, the more phrases like those become a reality. And the current state of the job market is prime evidence. Since late 2022, companies have been announcing significant layoffs that have affected thousands of people. As 2023 began, those announcements seemed to pick up, especially regarding big tech. While the people affected by layoffs feel it the most, companies have noted the challenges and tough decisions it required to take these steps. Recently, Vice Media, Clubhouse, Paper Magazine, and Dropbox have become the latest major organizations announcing employment changes.
Apr 28, 2023
Have you ever received a gift that you did not want? Like it was just all-around bad? Well, that’s many people’s sentiment about this current job market. It’s dishing out notices no one wants to hear, such as layoffs and downsizing. And BuzzFeed is the latest to announce changes in its workforce.
Apr 20, 2023
The beautiful thing about fine art, specifically music, is that it speaks to the issues of the time. Often, those songs are made to address certain historic moments but end up being a case study of sorts for the future. It can be seen across genres in songs such as Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” or Walter Hawkin’s “Thank You Lord,” where in one of the verses he sings, “economies down, people can’t get enough pay.” Although some of these songs were produced well before the issues of today, they are perpetual concerns that society has found itself facing again and again. Those same messages are on par with the pain points many people feel and are going through. One of those pain points is the economy’s impact on the job industry, and it has now impacted what is known as the happiest place on Earth. According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney is part of the long list of employers recently announcing layoffs. The Florida-based company eliminated its entire Metaverse division. At its...
Mar 29, 2023
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Performative as “made or done for show (as to bolster one’s own image or make a positive impression on others).” This is what the word means as it relates to disapproving, self-serving actions. At the crux of events after the George Floyd murder in 2020, several actors in the United States responded in ways that did not move policy or legislation but were assumed to appease the heightened emotions of Black people across the globe. The referenced actions were described as performative, moves that seemed to speak to culture without addressing the root cause of what was happening. One of the most pervasive actions stemming from that year was that companies across several industries made statements about justice and equity while flooding job sites with new roles that support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (DEI). Persons hired to manage and lead DEI departments were tasked with providing internal and external-facing solutions. They were...
Feb 28, 2023
The coveted Netflix sound indicating that a new show is starting could be ringing slightly softer as subscribers leave the platform, which has led Netflix to lay off 150 employees. As of May 17, the streaming platform confirmed with NPR that they were restructuring its labor force after the first significant loss in subscriptions in a decade.
May 18, 2022
Netflix has been frequently in the headlines as of late. Shortly after news broke regarding a drop in its subscribers (over 200,000), the streaming giant recently made headlines due to reported layoffs. According to TechCrunch, the company laid off editorial staff from its in-house publication Tudum only five months after its launch.
May 5, 2022