Meta tells managers to identify low performers, employees fear layoffs

Meta has apparently requested company managers to identify poor performers, just weeks after the company warned of difficult times ahead. Some Meta employees are concerned about losing their jobs soon, while others are concerned about mass layoffs later. According to reports, Mahar Saba, Meta’s VP for Remote Presence, has directed managers to identify team members who “require care.”

Saba has also reportedly instructed managers to “move to exit” under-performers and those “who are unable to get on track.” In the meantime, Meta rival Google is also slowing down hirings this year.

According to The Information (via Engadget), Meta will give employees the chance to redeem themselves, but exact details remain unclear. The note by Saba reportedly reads, “If a direct report is coasting or is a low performer, they are not who we need; they are failing this company. As a manager, you cannot allow someone to be net neutral or negative for Meta”.

According to a separate report by The Washington Post quoting a source familiar with the situation, Meta may utilise this to construct “performance improvement plans,” but this could lead to widespread layoffs.

In a note to workers earlier this month, Meta chief product officer Chris Cox warned of a “serious” year as its ad revenue continues to suffer amid a weaker economy. Previously, in an all-hands meeting, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that the firm did not intend to lay off staff for the time being. Meta had delayed hiring for a number of positions across several products.

For the past two years, Meta has faced intense competition from rivals such as TikTok. Its business has also been harmed by Apple’s iPhone App monitoring feature.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has stated that the company will slow hiring across verticals since it is “not immune to economic headwinds.” His memo, though, makes no mention of layoffs.

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