In a tone-deaf move rivaled only by Dunder Mifflin driving Michael Scott in a limousine to a meeting to discuss downsizing, Microsoft said “hold my latte”, and had washed up pop star and former Police member Sting perform a private show for about 50 executives. Why was this tone-deaf? Well, it wasn’t Stings insistence on ruining all of his songs by playing a lute, (terrible) but was Microsoft’s announcement the next day that they were laying off 10,000 employees. Wow. Check this out.
If ever there was a bad time to hold a private Sting concert, Microsoft top-brass found it.
Some of the company’s top executives were in Davos, Switzerland which is playing host to the World Economic Forum.
So, the company thought this would be a fitting occasion to pony up enough bread to book Sting for a private show that was only open to about 50 people.
There’s nothing terribly wrong with that unless the next day you announce plans to lay off as many as 10,000 employees.
While it certainly isn’t out of the ordinary for companies, particularly tech companies to be laying off and downsizing considering the damage Joe Biden has done to the economy, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Sting likely doesn’t come cheap, especially considering he is on the last leg of his career and is in stacking-cash mode like old rock stars often do.
Microsoft is by no means the only tech company to announce layoffs. Amazon has also announced that 18,000 layoffs are on the way. Just this week, Vox announced that it was cutting 7% of its workforce which included most of their SB Nation NHL sites.
BREAKING NEWS: Microsoft cutting 10,000 workers as tech layoffs mounthttps://t.co/ZV0pwnh3Ho
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 18, 2023
Amazon announcing layoffs is one way to know for sure the economy is in trouble. The retail giant doesn’t have the burden of brick-and-mortar stores but is still feeling the effects of a consumer base that is holding onto whatever extra cash they might be lucky enough to have. It’s a miracle Vox is still in business because, to be honest, their content stinks and even their sports related SB Nation sites are poorly written and not useful. There are literally countless leftist sites and publications so Vox is occupying a space that is fairly saturated. That shouldn’t be the case with Microsoft, but perhaps Bill Gates is busy spending all of his money buying up premium ranch land with no intention of using it so as to help reduce carbon emissions. Whatever the case, Microsoft couldn’t look worse with the poorly timed private rock show. Their products are already mostly janky junk, and their once good name isn’t any better. Even Sting can’t help that. Perhaps they should ask Michael Scott for his business advice, couldn’t get any worse.
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