Are you put off by Elon Musk’s commanding management style? Come with us! That’s the pitch being used by talent-starved technology firms to entice thousands of former Twitter employees who were laid off by the social media company’s new owner.
Following Musk’s tumultuous takeover of the social media platform, Twitter has fired top executives and imposed steep job cuts with little notice. Approximately half of the workforce, or approximately 3,700 people, have been laid off.
Hundreds more are said to have resigned as a result of his radical reforms. The head of French operations was the latest senior manager to leave on Monday.
Some companies are now attempting to recruit experienced engineering talent by appealing to their disdain for the methods of the world’s wealthiest person.
Katie Burke, chief people officer at US software company HubSpot, slammed Musk for allegedly firing a group of employees who criticized him on the company’s internal Slack channels. Reuters was unable to confirm the reports.
as a result of his extensive reforms The head of French operations was the latest senior manager to leave on Monday.
“As a leader, getting criticized is part of your job,” she wrote in a LinkedIn post. “Great leaders recognize debate and disagreement makes you better and is part of the process. If you want a place where you can disagree (in a kind, clear manner of course) with people, HubSpot is hiring.”
By late Monday, Burke’s post had received over 35,000 positive responses on LinkedIn.
Other businesses are following HubSpot’s lead.
Amanda Richardson, CEO of recruitment software startup CoderPad, wrote an open letter to Twitter users.
Richardson described Musk’s takeover as a “shitshow” that had been “terribly frustrating, depressing, and demotivating,” citing Musk’s initial ban on remote working.
“At CoderPad, we believe your skills say it all. Not where you sit. Not if you sleep at work. Not working seven days a week for 18 hours a day.”
Due to the uncertain economic environment, other major US technology firms, such as Meta and Amazon, have laid off thousands of employees in recent weeks.
However, Musk’s public criticism highlights the industry’s high demand for highly skilled digital workers.
According to a recent Gartner report, high attrition rates and a flurry of digitalization efforts across businesses and government have created a “hyper-competitive” market for technical talent.
Twitter’s mass layoffs and public resignations have raised concerns that the company is losing key employees and that the social media “town square” may experience technical difficulties.
In a similar LinkedIn post, Michael Weening, CEO of US cloud and software company Calix, described recent events at Twitter as “disturbing” and promised new recruits a corporate culture that “begins with our team members.”
“From our perspective this is a great opportunity, as people who would not speak to us before are disillusioned and looking,” Weening told Reuters. “The toxic culture has people saying, ‘No more.’”
(Adapted from Business-Standard.com)