This morning, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced he’s laying off 336 employees, but would do so “with the utmost respect for each and every person.” Also this morning, Twitter engineer Bart Teeuwisse woke up, checked his phone, and learned that he’d been laid off through iOS notifications.
J. Crew, America’s finest purveyor of shirts that look like tablecloths, fired 175 people last week. Layoffs are a sad whirlwind, and people react differently to the swiftness of sudden unemployment. One really bad way to deal with layoffs is to post boozy photos to Instagram celebrating your continued employment at the expense of your subordinates.
This morning, Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow was abruptly fired. The paper's publisher cited "philosophical differences" to explain the move. Also today, Philly.com ran a story about a book tying former Pennsylvania governor and current Inquirer owner-pal Ed Rendell to organized crime. Coincidence?