An IT professional from Kenya, Tom Mboya Opiyo, sold his home and car to join Amazon in Europe just to get fired by the company four days before he was set to relocate. The IT professional was among one the 18,000 unfortunate employees impacted by Amazon’s mass layoffs. Opiyo wrote in his LinkedIn Post, “Well, last week I shared about my impending exciting move abroad. It was a relocation role to Europe with a leading global company. Sadly, it has fallen through due to business changes as part of the organisation’s ‘annual operating review’ that impacted the role and many others. The organisation is shedding jobs globally and the information is available online.”
Tom Mboya Opiyo Narrates his Devastating Story
Opiyo said that his family is truly devastated after planning for the move for 6 months and believes that God will have a better plan for them. While giving a life lesson to people, he said that never consider bringing your family with you. First, you go there, settle yourself, then call your family. Another important thing is to wait to resign until you get the visa. Opiyo concluded his LinkedIn post by saying, “For me, I didn’t expect to be in this kind of situation at this stage in my career but that’s what life is about. Some have to experience certain situations so as to be an example to others. Keep us in prayers. God is good all the time.”
Amazon Mass Layoffs
Earlier this month, Amazon had to let go of 18,000 employees globally, primarily in its human resources and stores divisions. The company’s global workforce swelled to more than 1.6 million by the end of 2021, up from 798,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Amid the global economic downturn, tech companies, including Google, Meta, Twitter, Microsoft and others have made sweeping reductions to their head counts.