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Apple spokesperson: Recent staff cutbacks were a mistake

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Apple spokesperson: Recent staff cutbacks were a mistake
It appears Apple has realized that laying staff off in the period that's preceding major device launches is not a very wise thing to do. With a new head of retail for the company, John Browett, Apple has made some small staff cutbacks recently in some of its UK stores. The reasoning behind this decision is unknown.

Now, however, Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet has informed Bloomberg that these cutbacks weren't such a good idea, and Apple will be returning to its old policy, meaning that it'll try to get those employees back to their workplaces or hire new ones.

"We recently implemented some changes in retail staffing. Making these changes was a mistake and the changes are being reversed."

Sure, the statement is quite diplomatic, but the idea is clear enough. Now it's probably a good time for those employees who lost their jobs (and would still like to work for Apple) to contact the company.

Still, it makes us wonder why would Apple be interested in laying staff off, when you know that the following months are expected to be crazy for their retail stores, due to the upcoming new iPhone launch. Anyway, maybe it was exactly this launch that made Apple reconsider its attitude towards store employees.

via: SlashGear

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posted on 17 Aug 2012, 05:25 4

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Duh that was kind of an oversight

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 07:46 3

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


Not an oversight mate, they know they will not need so many staff for the next iPhone launch. That's the writing is on the wall for the next iPhone.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 05:36 11

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Apple is a douche.....seriously and the people who were laid off should really consider who they're working for.....smh

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 05:54 3

3. Aeires (unregistered)


One of the richest companies on earth cuts important personnel, where is the proper focus at?

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 06:24 3

4. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Perhaps because they wanted to save on employee benefits from extending their contracts.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 06:46 1

5. nicholassss (Posts: 355; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Good news for me, I just applied at my local apple store. haha.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 08:50 9

8. Fallout09 (Posts: 419; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


But Why?

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 15:43

15. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Because its a good job. Fairly High pay, and easy to sell products to people. Even if I didnt like Apple I would apply there.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 08:41 4

7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Take them back Apple, losing a job sucks badly

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 10:38 5

9. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


cut old staffs, hire new ones
it will save them money... in the long run....
but then you get more newbies on the job that knows little about the product or their history.....

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 15:12 1

14. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 207; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


With as much as Apple products are made for people with the lowest possible I.Q. i'm sure the new people will do just fine.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 11:46 5

10. Savage (unregistered)


Apple, If you spend less on your lawyers and more on your products, employees need not be fired.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 12:03 1

11. rla2680 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


not smart

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 13:00 1

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


They are a corporation that has run amok with its profit mongering. Layoffs are sad but understandable for companies like RIM and Nokia that are both in dire straits, but its just pure greed when a company that is making record breaking profits hand over fist like Apple.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 13:22

13. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


My thoughts exactly! What could have possibly happened that they felt the need to lay off people? The economy is bad everywhere but they have record profits, the most "valuable corp." in the world and a new product launch which usually requires extra work. Seems a bit strange especially considering they are suing Samsung for 2.5 billion and they have a small work force to begin with when you consider other companies.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 15:52 2

16. remixfa (Posts: 14049; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they had to cut back. they dipped under 60% profit margins and just couldnt take it! screw the front line people!! yeeaa!! lol.

seriously, exactly what reason could the world's richest company that only makes MORE money every year have to "cut back". Crap like this is exactly why people scream "corporate greed" from the hilltops.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 10:33

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple must be stupid. why the hell would they start lay off their hard workers that help them sells their products? Their a billion dollar company. i think they should lay off the executive and senior staff members and board of directors their the ones making too much money. they should give them some raises

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