Getting Fit With Jerry Yang, Redux
As we look ahead and to position us for success in 2009, we’re continuing the work already underway to get fit as an organization: actively looking for ways to make process and structural changes to our business that will allow us to work more efficiently, with more scale. we’ve enlisted the help of Bain & Co. to work with the leadership team on identifying ways to leverage our strengths, and to improve and accelerate our performance.”
The new fitness program to which Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang referred in his last all-hands memo to employees is expected to begin Tuesday. Yahoo (YHOO) is to report quarterly earnings tomorrow and it will announce layoffs along with them. Sources tell The Mercury News that the company is planning to sack at least as many employees as it did in January, when it fired 1,000 of its 15,000 workers. That’s not the 3,000 to 3,500 number that had been rumored, as Boomtown foretold. But it’s ugly nonetheless. The cuts will likely be accompanied by a 15 percent reduction in operating budget. Clearly, those Bain & Company “personal trainers” Yahoo recently hired to help it trim down and shape up are already working their magic.