Thread regarding SAP layoffs

HR Issues

The way how SAP HR is managing the layoff process here in the US is just bad - it's substandard and it's borderline unprofessional. The communication is lacking, the journey is fuzzy and the rumors swirling in the office are mind boggling. I am reading comments here on layoffs.com and I can tell you that the stuff I hear in the office is worse than the rumor mill we see on these pages. So, what did HR to to stem this, to provide comfort and guidance to the worker?

Frankly, the entire layoff should have been completed in a week, tops. Do it quickly, rip off the band aid and move on. We are all professionals and adults here, we understand that things like this sometimes have to happen and in order to run a business you need to both hire and fire. Yet, what I cannot accept is the sheer sloppiness, lack of planning, change management and communication. It's just bad and the HR leadership together with the entire executive line up should be ashamed.

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HRBP’s should be ashamed of themselves.

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Post ID: @Y5SrKGz-2mvt

HR has handled this so poorly. Case in point: an emploee on leave to bury a parent laid off while sitting at the funeral home (yes, said employee asked to reschedule the meeting and told HR why), an employee promoted 3 weeks before has their job eliminated (this planning was well underway when they promoted this person!), an employee who offers to relocate at personal expense to the collocation office and is told if they do, they’ll need to reapply for their job anyways (high performing, well rewarded employee). These are 3 of any number of stories like this. The employees deserved better.

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Post ID: @Y5SrKGz-2wux

HR will be replaced by AI chat bots soon and that will save tons of money for the business. So are managers.

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Post ID: @Y5SrKGz-2nxw

From Asia here. Our HRBP is just the management dog for execution. They don’t make any stand for employees, and Management groomed someone local who is on their side to be HR President to liaise with the Government authorities. But we know she is not on the employees side.

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Post ID: @Y5SrKGz-2pyx

Not actually sure how the HR team is functioning.. they make no decision and always empowered team manager to do based on the own decision of the manager.

And frankly if every team manager can act in HR capacity with neutrality stand, why do we need HR? HR should be able to advise and even stop managers from carrying some actions.. but most of the times HR is no one but another team manager follower..

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Post ID: @Y5SrKGz-1bwd

Stefan is a Ken doll. The last 2 HR leads resigned (one was fired) because they would not be Barbie Dolls. They actually had integrity and ideas.(strong women with real direction ).

In all seriousness, what has he proposed? I remember there was a HR pillar program or something like that under Angela, and an HR business program to partner with sales, and so many others. Under Stefan...nothing...please tell me one program under his leadership and I will shut up. Nothing! Zilch! A Pawn!

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Post ID: @Y5SrKGz-1otg

The irony is that it's actually good to work for a company that's bad at layoffs. That means they don't have to do it very often, so when they do, there are hiccups.

I worked at EDS from 1989 to 2005. The company had its very first layoff in 1993, and it was handled horribly. By the time I left, the process was smooth as silk. It had become a standard quarterly or even monthly process that managers and HR planned for.

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