Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2023, 3:19 PM

Meta’s Layoffs Highlight Challenges of Axing the HR Department

Matthew Boyle
Matthew Boyle
Bloomberg News

Layoffs are a difficult part of an HR professional’s job. That’s especially true when they come in their own department.

Job cuts among human-resource professionals are rising as companies slow hiring and trim investments in once-hot areas like diversity and training. Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. made HR and recruitment the first target of a broader layoff this week, eliminating 1,500 employees in those roles, people familiar with the matter said.

Adobe Inc. is also eliminating a “small number” of recruiters, the company said recently. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) teams, which often fall under the HR department, have been gutted at ...