Several news outlets reported this week that Wal-Mart was letting go of 12,000 workers in its Sam’s Club division.
Reading deeper into this story, it became clear that most (if not all) of these workers were part-time and/or were in-store product demonstrators. These in-store demonstrations will now be outsourced to a firm specializing in this service.
Many companies fear bringing in outside workers for basic tasks, feeling it will take away from the level of service or consistency of that service.
While anyone losing their job faces an uncertain future, situations like this can happen and people holding the positions often are given the opportunity to pursue a position with the new company.
In my family alone, two of my relatives worked for companies whose services were then outsourced, and both received new jobs with the new company similar to the tasks they were performing.
If you are good at what you do and passionate about the products and services you offer, no layoff can stop you from trying to keep your job when it is sold off to another person or company to do.