McKesson, where I worked for over a decade with a last role as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the company’s largest business unit, had a practice of conducting reorganizations and lay-offs at the end of the fiscal year.
While the irony of starting the new fiscal year on April 1 – April Fool’s Day – wasn’t lost on anyone, the “habit” was a way of starting fresh, and closing out the old and starting fresh.
While I left in 1996 to start a part-time exec coaching practice that I took full-time 10 years later (exec and career coaching along with leadership and start-up team work), McKesson’s own practice of lay-offs and reorgs in March appears to continue.
The #1 post, reached via search terms, for this blog the last 15 days? A post from 2009 titled “Lay-offs at McKesson?”
Heads must be rolling at corporate offices at One Post Street. Anyone know any thing?
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McKesson Plaza at 1 Post Street in San Francisco. Photo credit: Wikipedia