Need to Fire 900 People? Maybe Don’t Use Zoom 👀

Hrishikesh Pardeshi

Hrishikesh Pardeshi

Firing employees is never easy, but some methods are just plain terrible. Case in point: Better.com CEO Vishal Garg's recent mass layoff over Zoom, which can be likened to a scene from "Silicon Valley." Garg starts with what seems like genuine remorse, citing market challenges, efficiency, and performance as reasons for letting go of 15% of his staff. However, things take a bizarre turn when he publicly berates the fired employees as "slackers" and "DUMB DOLPHINS" in an email. This incident has rightfully earned Better.com a spot among the worst firings in history, raising questions about the company's future. It's a painful example of how not to handle layoffs.

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Here's what our users had to say:

  • Rachel said "That is truly unbelievable. I cannot imagine the logic of executing a layoff like that. Unreal."

  • Justin said "Not a rhetorical question - is there a "right" way to fire 900 people?"