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HR The Disney Way

another classy move

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/us/last-task-after-layoff-at-disney-train-foreign-replacements.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1

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Gotta say... this is really low.

I'm very disturbed by this trend of large corporations replacing good domestic workers with foreign replacements. I think a lot of companies now care only for the profit margins and not as much for morality. The people losing their jobs are the very ones that put the "magic" into Disney. They program and maintain the computers that make sure the reservation system, FP+, Magic Band pay system etc. work properly. The irony is that it's usually the richest companies that partake in this practice.

I may be in a minority with my opinion, but I'd seriously rather see prices increase vs jobs lost to foreign workers. I'm not speaking only about Disney, but things in general.

I work in IT so it kinda hits home.

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It's not like they don't make any money. Very troublesome.

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We have the same issue over here in the UK. Currently we have a large number of contractors - no big deal, it happens everywhere - but when it concerns 'cost issues', you do question what couldn't be done in-house with a slightly increased cost over taking a deal with an outsourcer who might not be able to deliver on everything promised.

It is down to the bottom line at the end of the day and with Finance weirdly being in (in my opinion) control of IT, it will always be a case of spend less to get more...

Bean counters have a lot to answer for sometimes...

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Pencil Pushers............ sometimes things happen that really don't make senses to us normal people, but I guess you need to remove the heart from a hard decision. But that being said, when looks good for the bottom line on a piece of paper can have a horrible human and emotional effect.

I guess it's a sign of the times, but I rather see a higher price for us to pay rather than the this cost, people and reputation..

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I'm in finance, but I have a heart. If you don't take care of the people who work for you, what are you...freakin Scrooge.

I understand on a global level, this is how developing nations develop- but how do you do this to your own people? Yet the execs make millions and millions and profits are at a record high- so how do they justify this cruelty?

Maybe we don't have all the facts...I hope.

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Ditto. Local employees are what make Disney so magical, when you seek the cheapest worker you may receive the cheapest performance. The old saying usually applies, you get what you pay for Puzzled

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Here's the issue... we want a "global market" but a local workforce. It can't always happen that way.

In the large picture this was 130 individuals out of a company that employs thousands (WDW employs 62000 alone). I am not sure how much money overall this saves the company however I'm sure there is more to the story. There are tax breaks for the use of using these workers provided by our own government. As a stock holder, you want to see the best return a company can manage. It all ties in.

I honestly don't think it's Disney being Tyrannical, it's just business. To us, the vacationers, Disney is magical. However, to Disney, it's still America, it's still about the $,

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Well, it looks like Disney has backpedaled a bit on this. There are 2 things a large well known company like Disney do not want:

A. Lower profits
B. Bad publicity

This falls in to category B and they have apparently reacted to it. The foreign workers are to be used only when local skills are not available. At least that is my understanding.

Of course, it's not just Disney. A lot of companies are bending the rules on this and some are rightfully getting backlash. Laying people off and forcing them to train their cheap replacements to do the same job is a low ball move. Period.

One of the problems in modern society is that companies are viewed as and often act as faceless inanimate "things" rather than organizations made up of real people. Viewed as a "thing", it's easy to say "that's just business". We might as well let robots run the world and see where it gets us. Nobody will have a job, therefore no pay, therefore no vacations, therefore no trips to Disney World, therefore...

The pursuit of the almighty $ just leads to misery in most cases.

Just my humble opinion.

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I agree. Additional profits are used to justify all kinds of brutality. Corporations are lauded for things that if you did it personally, would make your skin crawl.

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