Jobs cut as part of ‘transformation journey’

Written by on November 4, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

With headlines like this no wonder telco staff live in fear of the dreaded ‘transformation’ word. For years, we thought it was just because of the added stress and pressure that most transformation projects bring that had ICT staff freaking out, but according to this article they can also look forward to retrenchment as a ‘reward’ for all their hard work.

CEO’s Sprint’s Marcelo Claure, its recently installed president and CEO, said  that while its transformation is underway, “clearly we have not turned the corner”.

“While the company continues to face headwinds, we have begun the first phase of our plan and are encouraged with the early results. Every day we are focused on improving our standing with consumers, improving our network and controlling our costs,” Claure commented in a statement.

In almost the same breath and so typical of today’s astute corporate leadership, the company yesterday announced an additional headcount cut of around 2,000 positions, as it looks to save $400 million on staff costs on an annualised basis.

Does this mean that cuts in headcount are an inevitable result of and ‘transformational process?’ What message does this send to staff in other telcos? This Dilbert cartoon probably sums it up best.

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