Yes–it is that time of year again–layoff season! To that point, Amgen announced today that it was laying off an additional 1,200 jobs above the 2,900 the company announced it would layoff this past July. Together, these layoffs represent about 20% of Amgen’s global workforce. Amgen joins other life sciences companies including Novartis, Sanofi, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and others that have announced layoffs in 2014.
Companies like to announce layoffs in the Fall, to let employees who may be affected by the downsizing to not expect their bonuses this year (which are typically paid at years end). While this is strictly business, it does kind of put a damper on holiday season joy. And, because corporations are considered to be “people” –at least according to the US Supreme Court–they ought to show a little more sensitivity and compassion when announcing downsizing and layoffs before the holiday season.
Until next time…
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