A fired Google employee, Nicole Tsai, shared her emotional experience on TikTok after receiving an ominous text from her boss notifying her of the layoff.
The 90-second video captured her heartbreak and has gone viral with millions of views.
Tsai narrates her day on getting fired, and explains how she called her boss right after receiving the text.
In her post, she cited that her boss asked her "to check the news and my email."
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Jennifer Tejada, the CEO of PagerDuty, sent an email to her employees announcing layoffs while quoting the late Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1959 book "The Measure of a Man".
She was criticised for being "tone-deaf" and "cold-hearted" on social media for using a King quote in the email.
According to the email, PagerDuty planned to refine its business structure by cutting 7% of its global workforce.
Tsai's story of being laid off shows the emotional toll it can take on employees, while the criticism of the PagerDuty CEO's use of King's quote shows how businesses are viewed during layoffs.
In both cases, the events highlight significant challenges and controversy for companies and leaders in the age of the pandemic.