While a company-wide Zoom call announcing layoffs has been widely touted as tacky, it turns out a text message sent at night to 2,700 employees is also not the way to go. Perhaps United Furniture Industry thought that the world was just watching all the Twitter layoffs and a mass text announcing immediate layoffs would go unnoticed. This layoff was effective immediately, which was part of the shock and could be the ticket to future lawsuits.

But with technology, executives have more options for the usual layoff communications. And it turns out that the layoff announcement is just as important as the decision process for the reorganization plans. Mass messages might be the fastest way to contact a large amount of people, but if a company has any hopes of long-term survival, it’s best to avoid this method of communication. It’s an awful look for the brand, showing a culture that does not care about people. No one wants to get a layoff notice, but it’s extra hard to show common courtesy over a text message.



Inflation and recession chatter have some companies trimming budgets. HP Inc recently announced their plans to cut between 4,000 and 6,000 employees over the next three years. Drastic staff reductions is how the company plans to save about $1.4 billion by the end of 2025.


Another tech layoff plan in the works is over at Cisco. Citing a “rebalancing” effort, Cisco plans to remove over 4,000 jobs. Despite a stronger earnings year, Cisco’s restructuring efforts will cut about 5% of their 83,000 full-time employees. CFO Scott Herren projects that by the end of the year, Cisco headcount will be about the same, once they fill positions in other strategic areas. The plan is to also close some of the smaller office locations, saving the company more money.

Hiring: Booz Allen

Following their Q2 reports, Booz Allen President and CEO, Horacio Rozanski, said that the company had a 4.2% increase in staff headcount in 2022, and he says hiring remains a top priority. With earnings up for the consulting company, Rozanski expects even more growth this year with the acquisition of Everwatch. While the tech landscape is full of hiring freezes and layoffs, the defense and IC industry is steadily battling for cleared talent to fill ongoing contracts.

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Opportunity to Watch

Lockheed Martin will come alongside the U.S. Army to support their cyber plans. Under an Other Transaction Agreement, Lockheed Martin will offer training for up to 17,000 Army personnel with their cyber management solution, Mission Readiness & Reporting (MR2).

The Army will be able to identify, cultivate, assess and train Army civilian employees according to an individual’s capabilities and in accordance with the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework.

“Mission Readiness & Reporting connects cyber training and mission readiness and ensures that the civilian cyber workforce is agile, resilient and ahead of the threat,” said Tish Rourke, vice president of Cyber & Intelligence at Lockheed Martin. “We can seamlessly integrate this system to support joint all-domain operations and 21st Century Security mission planning needs and cyber battle management.”

Government and commercial organizations that require training and workforce management capabilities can use MR2 to meet their proficiency assessment and monitoring needs.

Lockheed Martin will lead a team consisting of Ultimate Knowledge Institute (UKI), Aries Security, LLC, and Amazon Web Services govCloud. UKI and Aries will provide training options for the civilian cyber workforce, and Lockheed Martin MR2 will perform the analysis and analytics to address workforce skills development.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.