Home Depot is laying off installation workers across the US

“The layoffs are happening at the wrong end of the spectrum,” one anonymous poster wrote.
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  • Home Depot is laying off employees across the United States, the company confirmed on Thursday.
  • These employees reportedly all work for the company’s exterior installation service team.
  • A Home Depot representative said the home-improvement retailer decided to “wind down” its services pertaining to “roofing, siding, insulation, and gutters.”

Home Depot is laying off employees across the US, the company confirmed on Thursday.

The Street first reported that the move would exclusively affect exterior installation employees at the home-improvement chain and that the cuts were affecting fewer than 1,000 people.

Home Depot’s website describes its installation services team as consisting of professional installers who work in partnership with the company. The blurb also said the team had “a critical role within home services” and required talent with “top-notch skills” and “a drive for quality and customer service.”

Listed responsibilities for the installation services team include negotiating contracts, contributing to the company’s growth, and working with management.

“After reviewing the installation business, we’ve decided it’s right to wind down our roofing, siding, insulation, and gutters installation programs,” a Home Depot representative said. “We’re only exiting these four installation programs, so we’ll continue to offer dozens of other installation services.

“Going forward, we’ll focus our efforts on categories that enable us to deliver the best customer experience, while simplifying processes and business structure for our stores and sales team. This does impact some of our associates in our installation business, and our first priority is to take care of them, as well as customers. It’s an extremely small percentage of our overall workforce, and we’re working to identify potential positions for them in our stores and other parts of the company.”

But people who said they worked at Home Depot took to TheLayoff.com to voice dismay over the cuts.

“The layoffs are happening at the wrong end of the spectrum,” one anonymous poster wrote on the message board. “Should have been a top down changeover.”

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