|The Press of Atlantic City reports that 120 supervisors and managers at the luxury Tropicana Casino and Resort have lost their jobs, and a further 40 supervisors or managers have been demoted or transferred within the company in order to effectively implement an new system of management. |
“All 160 affected employees were supervisors or managers in every department of the casino hotel,” Tropicana spokeswoman Maureen Siman said. Just over a week ago a first wave of layoffs came when 140 employees at two Tropicana restaurants being remodelled were let go. Tropicana has now laid off about 5% of its workforce.
Siman described the new management system as a “... non-traditional concept of management ... [that] involves reducing the levels of bureaucracy that employees face; it involves blurring the lines of what you would call standard or traditional organizational structures, and it involves empowering employees to act and think as individual members of a team ... The job cuts are unrelated to Tropicana's financial performance or its $225 million expansion, which remains on budget and on time.”
Translation: decisions will now be made by those who will not be paid to make them.