McDonald’s Offices in US Closed Pending Round of Layoffs
Fast food chain McDonald’s will temporarily close the doors of its offices in the United States this week, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports based on an internally sent email.
According to the American newspaper, the closures are necessary for preparation for planned layoffs, which are part of a reorganization.
It is still unknown how many employees will lose their jobs, but according to the email, jobs outside the US are also disappearing. For example, McDonald’s employs more than 150,000 people in its offices and restaurants worldwide. However, 70 percent of them work outside the US.
McDonald’s has asked the office staff to work from home Monday through Wednesday. “During the week of April 3, we will communicate key decisions regarding roles and staffing throughout the organization,” the fast food chain’s message to staff read.
In January, the company announced that it wanted to review its workforce. This is part of a new business strategy, which McDonald’s says could lead to layoffs in some areas of the company and new jobs in others.