The Wall Street Journal stated that McDonald’s Corp. is temporarily closing its U.S. offices this week as it gets ready to inform corporate staff about layoffs done by the fast food behemoth as part of a larger company restructure.
To enable it to convey staffing choices remotely, McDonald’s advised U.S. employees and some overseas staff last week in an internal email that they should work from home from Monday through Wednesday.
The business stated in the mail seen by The Wall Street Journal that “During the week of April 3, we will communicate key decisions related to roles and staffing levels across the organization.”
The number of employees that the Burger Corporation intends to let go as part of the company’s restructuring was not made public.
Employees were given a heads-up in January by CEO Chris Kempczinski that “difficult discussions and decisions” will soon be made.
The information was revealed by Kempczinski in a memo to all global employees introducing the company’s revamped business plan, Advancing the Arches 2.0, which calls for reorganizing and possibly eliminating roles in order to increase efficiency and innovation, as well as save expenses.
The CEO wrote, adding that the business intended to notify affected employees by April 3, “We will evaluate roles and staffing levels in parts of the organization and there will be difficult discussions and decisions ahead. Some jobs that are existing today are either going to get moved or those jobs may go away.”
He admitted to the publication that he does not yet have a specific cash goal or estimate for the number of positions that would be eliminated.
As part of its revised plans, McDonald’s would quicken the pace of store openings and stated it may explore further novel ideas aimed at enhancing customer convenience, like the Order Ahead Lane provided at a recently opened site in Forth Worth, Texas.
According to its most recent annual report, the fast-food business had more over 13,000 outlets in the United States and slightly over 40,000 restaurants worldwide as of the end of 2021.