Tech startup CEO confirms rumors he fired hundreds of employees during Zoom call

The head of one startup company has been at the center of controversy recently amid reports that he fired hundreds of employees via a live Zoom call.

Better.com CEO Visha Garg confirmed the rumors this week, which could signal new concerns about the nation’s economy.

“Market efficiencies, performance, and productivity”

“If you’re on this call, you are part of the unlucky group that is being laid off,” he told roughly 900 employees in a recent virtual teleconference.

He cited “market efficiencies, performance, and productivity” as among the reasons for the unfortunate decision. Of course, those factors likely provide cold comfort to the Americans now out of a job in an unstable economy.

Despite reports that companies are desperate to hire workers, the mass layoffs at Better.com might be the latest evidence that the nation’s economy is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Additional bad news has come in the form of recent employment reports that missed their predicted marks by hundreds of thousands of jobs.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the economy added 210,000 during the most recent month for which a report is available. Unfortunately, that total is a whopping 340,000 short of estimates.

With further uncertainty surrounding the Biden administration’s multitrillion-dollar spending plans, it is unlikely that market volatility will be easing up anytime soon.

More negative economic news

For its part, the White House has sought to assure Americans that massive domestic spending packages will have no measurable negative impact on inflation.

Thus far, there seems to be evidence that the Biden administration will not be able to fulfill such promises. Consumer prices have skyrocketed by 6.2% recently as critics blame the effects of Democratic-backed spending.

There seems to be no way to accurately predict how bad inflation and related economic factors will get before they begin to improve.

As Americans continue to pay more for gasoline and other energy sources, the approaching winter months could throw another wildcard into the volatile economy. Some pundits are already warning that everyone should begin to prepare for the worst.

If those predictions of gloom and doom are accurate, Garg might just be the first in a string of CEOs announcing mass layoffs — whether in person or in a Zoom call.

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