Report: Hy-Vee CEO criticized laid-off employees
In an internal video to employees, Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker shared details about the company's corporate layoffs last week from its headquarters and Grimes technology center.
- 100+ positions were cut, according to the Des Moines Register.
What's happening: Edeker said that he is "offended" that many declined offers to work in grocery stores as store managers instead.
- "Our retail stores are the heart of Hy-Vee, and some people just simply see it being beneath them to work at the retail stores. I think it's crazy, and I think that it's offensive," Edeker said in a video the Register reviewed.
Yes, but: Recently laid-off employees told the Register they were not offered store manager positions.
- Plus: Tina Potthoff, a Hy-Vee spokesperson who was also in the video, acknowledged that some of the offered retail positions were not at the same wage, in a previous interview with Axios.
The big picture: This isn't the first time Edeker's messaging to employees regarding layoffs has hit less sympathetic notes.
- When the company laid off hundreds of Iowa employees during restructuring in 2020, Edeker sent a letter to employees, which was shared with Axios.
- In the letter, Edeker referenced "'Burn the Ships' posters hanging throughout our offices and backrooms of our stores," which he said symbolizes the importance of moving forward and not looking back.
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