miniMini-Microsoft, the anonymous employee who for years has called for a “lean and mean” Microsoft, has resurfaced with a new post to accompany the company’s job cuts today, and he has a message for Microsoft’s executives: Don’t drag this thing out.

The big risk, he writes, is the level of “stress and anxiety” over who’s going to be let go, and the resulting impact on morale as employees focus more on who’s leaving and going than on their jobs.

“And guess what: when folks are stressed and gossiping, they are not effectively — er, excuse me, productively (?) — implementing the latest strategy,” he writes. “Physiologically, they have increased cortisol and this time will turn into a fog.”

The comments section on his posts have traditionally been a public water cooler for other Microsoft employees to share their comments anonymously, and that’s happening again in this case, with some employees echoing Mini’s sentiment.

Microsoft is making 18,000 cuts overall, starting with 13,000 today. Beyond that, CEO Satya Nadella said in his email to employees that “the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months.”

Based on my conversations with people at Microsoft today, the company is hoping to roll out the cuts as quickly as possible, recognizing the negative psychological effects.

This was Mini-Microsoft’s first post since Steve Ballmer announced his retirement nearly a year ago.

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  • Paul

    it’s doubtful that this leadership has the political will to cut those executives and leaders who kill any creative thinking and those who eat their own. It’s doubtful they’ll get at the core of getting rid of the stack-ranking that pits workers against one another instead of against the competition (while hiring more h1-bs who don’t challenge anything out of fear). Cutting is an old 80’s trick to raise stock and I see a lack of vision and imagination, except to cut and tell workers to get more efficient like all the problems of Microsoft from being a mobile loser to being late to the cloud party is ALL workers’ fault instead of leadership direction .. Creating the best place to work and getting back to a culture where engineers can create is going to create a sustainable winner.

  • whatever


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