Microsoft’s stock has fallen as the company’s board has voted to dismiss the head of its Human Resources department, the latest in a series of moves by management to address labor issues.
The move followed the announcement that Microsoft had hired more than 800 new employees over the past three years.
The layoffs are part of a broader effort to trim the company by roughly 10% and, as of now, the company does not appear to be planning to raise its quarterly earnings.
The company said it is looking for candidates with experience in the following areas: Product and Business Intelligence and Operations, Human Resources, Global Head of Global Product and Operations and Global Head, Microsoft Devices, Product Management and Strategy.
In a statement, CEO Satya Nadella said the moves to address employee issues were part of the companywide restructuring.
“I believe the decision to fire Mr. Kostas is a step forward in the process to restore Microsoft to a place where it is capable of leading our customers and the world,” Nadell said in the statement.
“Our strategy is to restore a sustainable company where the best and brightest are rewarded for their contributions, and where employees and employees can thrive.”
The board meeting at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters was the company first to address issues related to labor in three years, and has been in the spotlight because of the mass resignations of some of the top executives over the last two years.
In October, Microsoft announced it was cutting 700 jobs in the company, including the head and senior vice president of human resources.
The following month, CEO Kevin Turner announced the company was cutting the number of people it employed by 50%.
The board had been trying to cut that number by 40% in the next three months, and was planning to cut the number by 70% by the end of March, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A report released by the company on March 22 cited “the ongoing labor issues that have been affecting the team,” and said the company had been working to hire more people.
“We are continuing to look for qualified candidates to help us address those issues,” Turner said in a statement at the time.
“As we are building our team, we will make it easier for our employees to join the company.”
Microsoft has since made several hiring efforts, including hiring a new CEO in January, and is planning to hire another person in April.
But the latest layoffs follow a tumultuous three years for the company.
The tech giant was widely criticized for a series-of firings of employees in 2014 and 2015, when some employees were dismissed over allegations of sexual harassment.
Last year, a scathing report from The Washington Post said the tech giant’s management had failed to meet workplace protections in several cases.
The report also accused the company of hiring people with past criminal convictions to fill positions that were held by people who had not been convicted of crimes.
The firm was later forced to lay off several hundred people and was also forced to pay $US20 billion in damages to victims of sexual misconduct.
The New York Times reported in March that the firm had settled claims of overpayments by former employees and that it would stop using “reverse discrimination” in recruiting and hiring practices.
In the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations, the Microsoft board hired an outside attorney to investigate the firings and the allegations against the company and, in March, approved a new director to address the issues.
But it took until this week for Nadello to take steps to address some of those concerns.
The Wall St. Journal reported on Tuesday that NadeLLay had been meeting with labor leaders to discuss the companys hiring efforts.
In an email to employees on Wednesday, Nadebell said he would meet with labor members to discuss “the process and the steps that we are taking to address any concerns.”
“I want to reiterate that I am committed to the progress we are making in building a more sustainable and inclusive company,” Nadesll said.
The statement from Nadelled said Microsoft has been taking steps to ensure the company has the skills and the skillsets to hire the best talent, which is important to the company moving forward.
The news of the firances comes on the heels of a scathing Wall Street report in which the company said some of its employees had been dismissed due to allegations of inappropriate behavior.
The newspaper cited a former employee who said the CEO made inappropriate advances towards her and others.
In response, the board approved a two-year severance package for the current CEO and other top managers.
The latest layoffs come on the same day that Microsoft said it would be hiring the world’s largest IT firm to replace its headquarters in the U.S. In May, the CEO of Microsoft’s Office division announced that the company would be relocating its headquarters from Redmond, Wash., to its parent company, Microsoft Corp., in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue.
Microsoft has faced criticism over its outsourcing of its business, which has been a major source of profit for