Why are African tech startups laying off staff?

Episode 120 August 30, 2022 00:39:15
Why are African tech startups laying off staff?
Techpoint Africa Podcast
Why are African tech startups laying off staff?
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Hosted By

Emmanuel Paul Oluwanifemi Kolawole Chimgozirim Nwokoma

Show Notes

This episode is also available on YouTube - https://youtu.be/3ltkVytZfZs

Today on the Techpoint Africa Podcast, we discuss layoffs by companies within and outside the tech space. Tech human resources expert, Wenyimi Barber walks us through:

1. What to expect in the coming days,
2. How to protect yourself from being laid off,
3. How to tell your employees they are being let go,
4. The effect layoffs have on both employer and employee, among other things.

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Timestamps
00:00 - Introduction
03:31 - Why are tech startups laying off employees?
10:36 - Was this inevitable?
11:51 - What could have been done to cushion the effect?
14:28 - Other alternatives to layoffs
18:10 - Making the decision to downsize
20:22 - Can you avoid been laid off?
21:10 - Case study: Strategies Xiaomi's HR person could have taken when downsizing
22:27 - How to diplomatically tell an employee that they are been laid off
25:17 - What severance packages are
27:09 - How to handle the stigma as a company
30:42 - Is there a respite in view?
34:21 - Who comes out as the "winner" at the end?
36:02 - What causes talent churn?
 
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This episode was produced by Ogheneruemu Oneyibo and edited by Múyìwá Mátùlúkò

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