WotC WotC - why are we still shocked with layoffs?

If you intend to Boycott Hasbro for corporate layoffs, here are a bunch of other companies you can boycott due to massive layoffs in 2023.

  • Nu Skin layoffs: 5% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • Hasbro layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • State Street layoffs: 3% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • Zulily layoffs: 12% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • Twillio layoffs: 5% of workforce ladi off (December 2023)
  • Tidal layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • Moonbug Entertainment layoffs: 5% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • Stellantis layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (December 2023)
  • Spotify layoffs: 17% of workforce laid off (December, 2023)
  • Bill layoffs: 15% of workforce laid off (December, 2023)
  • ByteDance mass layoffs: undisclosed number laid off (November 2023)
  • Jezebel mass layoffs: 100% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Dish Network mass layoffs: 3.5% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Charles Schwab mass layoffs: 5-6% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Starz layoffs: >10% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Siemens Healthineers mass layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan mass layoffs: 27% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Shipt mass layoffs: 3.5% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Shell mass layoffs: .2% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Medical Solutions mass layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Faire mass layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Panera Bread mass layoffs: 3% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Condé Nast & Vox Media mass layoffs: 5% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Splunk mass layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Master Lock mass layoffs: 4% of workforce laid off (November 2023)
  • Bandcamp mass layoffs: 50% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Bungie mass layoffs: 8% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Beam Therapeutics mass layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Bullhorn mass layoffs: 9% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Shipt mass layoffs: 3.5% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Nokia mass layoffs: 16% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Geico mass layoffs: 6% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Rolls-Royce mass layoffs: 6% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Flexport mass layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Qualcomm mass layoffs: 2.5 % of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • LinkedIn mass layoffs: 3% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Ally Financial mass layoffs: 5% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Qualtrics mass layoffs: 14% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Washington Post mass layoffs: 9% of workforce laid off (October 2023)
  • Epic Games mass layoffs: 16% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • Talkdesk mass layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • General Motors (GM) mass layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • Center for Antiracist Research mass layoffs: 50% of workforce laid off (September
  • WWE mass layoffs: 12% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • Cisco mass layoffs: .4% of workforce laid off (September, 2023)
  • Airtable mass layoffs: 27% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • Slalom mass layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • Grindr mass layoffs: 46% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • Roku mass layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (September 2023)
  • PDC Energy (Chevron) mass layoffs: 33% laid off (September 2023)
  • Barstool Sports mass layoffs: 25% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • Farmers Insurance mass layoffs: 11% of workforce lad off (August 2023)
  • T-Mobile mass layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • Twiga mass layoffs: 33% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • Intel mass layoffs: .2% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • BlueRock mass layoffs: 12% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • AppFolio mass layoffs: 9% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • Tyson Foods mass layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • Emergent Biotech mass layoffs: 15% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • Rapid7 mass layoffs: 18% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • CVS mass layoffs: <2% of workforce laid off (August 2023)
  • KuCoin mass layoffs: 30% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Yellow mass layoffs: 100% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Kape Technologies mass layoffs: 30% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Entertainment Tonight mass layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Anheuser-Busch mass layoffs: 2% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • BioGen mass layoffs: 11% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • FibroGen mass layoffs: 32% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Allina Health mass layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Binance mass layoffs: 12% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Walgreens mass layoffs: .16% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Niantic mass layoffs: ~28% of workforce laid off (July 2023)
  • Ford mass layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (June 2023)
  • Robinhood mass layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (June 2023)
  • Uber mass layoffs: 1% of workforce laid off (June 2023)
  • Grubhub mass layoffs: 15% of workforce laid off (June 2023)
  • Spotify mass layoffs: 2% of workforce laid off (June 2023)
  • Rolls Royce mass layoffs: 6% of workforce laid off (May 2023)
  • JPMorgan Chase mass layoffs: .2% of workforce laid off (May 2023)
  • Paramount mass layoffs: 25% of workforce laid off (May 2023)
  • Shopify mass layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (May 2023)
  • Morgan Stanley layoffs: 5% of workforce laid off (May 2023)
  • David’s Bridal layoffs: 83% of workforce laid off (April 2023)
  • Roku layoffs: 6% of workforce laid off (March, 2023)
  • Lucid Group layoffs: 18% of workforce laid off (March, 2023)
  • Meta layoffs: 13% of workforce laid off (March, 2023)
  • Twitter layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • Twillo layoffs: 17% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • Roomba layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • Disney layoffs: 3% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • Zoom layoffs: 15% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • Dell layoffs: 5% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • HubSpot layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • PayPal layoffs: 7% of workforce laid off (February, 2023)
  • IBM layoffs: 1.5% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Gemini layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Yankee Candle layoffs: 13% of office workers laid off (January, 2023)
  • 3M layoffs: <1% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Spotify layoffs: 6% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Google (Alphabet) layoffs: 6% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Microsoft layoffs: 4-5% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Amazon layoffs: 1-2% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Carta layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Coinbase layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • DirecTV layoffs: 5-6% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Salesforce layoffs: 10% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Vimeo layoffs: 11% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Goldman Sachs layoffs: 8% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
  • Compass layoffs: size of layoffs not immediately known (January, 2023)
  • Stitch Fix layoffs: 20% of workforce laid off (January, 2023)
Thank you for this list.

I decided to set an example and never buy a Rolls Royce. Take that you evil corporation.
 

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It's better if you don't put words in my mouth that I never said. What I said was what are you going to do about it?

Do you think angry fans are going to stop this round of layoffs? Or the next? How, exactly, does that work? Because the most likely scenario I see is if people buy fewer WotC products, that there will be MORE layoffs at WotC.
The leverage consumers have is mostly in where they spend their money. So if consumers support non-Hasbro ttrpgs, many made by much smaller companies and even individuals, the healthier and more diversified the ttrpg landscape is in general. It means designers can get jobs or support themselves without having to work for Hasbro. The other leverage consumers have is in generating bad PR for the company. This is not as direct (or effective), but yes, consumers being upset is something that companies generally take into consideration (at least as something to be managed). More meaningful change can be produced by a) employee unionization and b) various kinds of regulation, both of which are much much harder to effect.
 

Hex08

Hero
So they were lying? They weren't just avoiding negative comments, they were making very positive statements.
Maybe they were and maybe they weren't, we have no way of knowing. However, if I were laid off I might be less inclined to publicly speak negatively about my former employer for fear of not being hired by them again, especially if I were a freelancer.
 
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Oofta

Legend
Maybe they were and maybe they weren't, we have no way of knowing. However, if I were laid off I might be less inclined to speak negatively about my former employer for fear of not being hired by them again, especially if I were a freelancer.
Big difference between not discussing and praising a former employer. I think it's a bit insulting to them to imply that they were outright lying.
 

Maybe they were and maybe they weren't, we have no way of knowing. However, if I were laid off I might be less inclined to publicly speak negatively about my former employer for fear of not being hired by them again, especially if I were a freelancer.
And this is what one calls supporting those that were laid off?
Accusing them of lies? Or at least implying it? Which these days is no big difference...
 

Hex08

Hero
Big difference between not discussing and praising a former employer. I think it's a bit insulting to them to imply that they were outright lying.
I think you keep reading things into this that people aren't saying. As I sit here reading this thread no one has accused anyone of outright lying including me. As someone who has been laid off and rehired I intentionally don't bad mouth former employers if there is a chance I may be rehired, especially if it's a job I enjoyed.
 
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Oofta

Legend
I think you keep reading things into this that people aren't saying. As I sit here reading this thread no one has accused anyone of outright lying including me. As someone who has been laid off and rehired I intentionally don't bad mouth former employers if there is a chance I may be rehired, especially if it's a job I enjoyed.
"Maybe they were maybe they weren't" is pretty much saying that they were lying as far as I'm concerned.
 



Oofta

Legend
Well, thanks for telling me what I meant. Maybe someday I'll return the favor.
If you don't want people misinterpreting what you say, perhaps you should be clear. "Maybe they aren't" leaves the barn door wide open to "they lied". That may not be what you meant, but that's how it reads.
 

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