Meta places some employees on a 30-day list, giving them 30 days to find a new position with the company or quit.

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According to a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, Meta is reducing its employment and preventing a wave of pink slips by putting some employees on a “30-day list” that gives them only a month to find a new position or quit the company if their department is downsized or terminated.

The company gives some individuals whose positions have been removed a month-long purgatory period to apply to different jobs inside Meta, the publication reported, citing persons familiar with the situation. Facebook is using this strategy instead of immediately discharging staff.

Is this a nicer way of getting fired or demoted? What if your manager comes to you and says, “You are underperforming and your job is at risk, so we can offer you to leave or move to another position.” Well, that position may not be equal to what you were doing before. Instead of being fired, the individual is given the chance to advance or be demoted somewhere else in the business that could benefit from their skills Facebook reports. Then why are they given the option to do another job is they are underperforming in the first place?

According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, the business expects to reduce a number of teams during the coming year. Zuckerburg says “Our plan is to steadily reduce headcount growth over the next year. Many teams are going to shrink so we can shift energy to other areas inside the company,” Zuckerberg said during the company’s quarterly earnings call in July.

It seems contradictory when a corporation with a limited availability of positions, and then it takes 30 days to find another one. It used to just affect underachievers, but it has extended to more people, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal claims that while it has long been standard procedure at Facebook’s parent business, it has just recently started to affect lower-performing employees. But according to the report, Meta has started using the procedure to oust high-performing employees as well as low-performers as the IT industry prepare for a potential recession.

A spokeswoman for Meta told the Wall Street Journal that the time frame allows it to retain talent that it might have otherwise lost. In recent months, a number of businesses have reduced employment and considered layoffs, including Snap and Google.

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