Layoff discussions are difficult for businesses.
Which is why they avoid them. Instead, they try to create business conditions to create a situation where they conduct backdoor layoffs. Ultimately, they are able to get rid of a portion of their workforce without needing to have the difficult conversation or accept any of the financial implications of laying someone off.
This approach is problematic. Eric Mochnacz was featured in the SHRM Blog talking about how backdoor layoffs are bad for business and can easily backfire.