Microsoft to employees: ‘We plan to right-size our manufacturing operations’

The tech giant has announced plans to lay off 18,000 employees. One memo announcing those layoffs was full of business-speak.

Microsoft already had a public relations crisis on its hands with Thursday’s news that it was laying off 18,000 employees. That’s 14 percent of its workforce, and the biggest batch of job cuts in the company’s nearly 40-year history.

How it’s communicating those layoffs to employees doesn’t seem to be helping matters. Microsoft published the email from Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s devices unit, to about 12,500 laid-off employees. The lion’s share of the employees who are losing jobs come from his department.

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