The email read " "The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately, your position is one that has been eliminated."
Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
In trying to explain the company's unconscionable behavior of firing 400 people via email, a RadioShack a company spokesperson Kay Jackson said, " Company officials had told employees in a series of meetings that layoff notices would be delivered electronically" She said employees were invited to ask questions before Tuesday's notification on a company intranet site.
So there you have it. The "we warned you excuse". Which makes about as much sense as " it's part of youth culture " excuse ,and "I was gobsmacked" excuse.
There is precedent for RadioShack's behavior.
Earlier this month, TheTimes in England reported that a shop keeper defended his decision to fire an employee via a txt message because " it's part of youth culture."
Katy Tanner, 21, learnt that she had lost her job as a sales assistant at the Blue Banana store in Cardiff only when she received the text message. She had been working at the shop for eight weeks.
The text message, sent by Alex Bartlett, the shop manager, said: “We’ve reviewed your sales figures and they’re not up to the level we need. As a result we will not require your services any more. Thank you for your time with us.”
Miss Tanner was at home because of a migraine when she received the message. She said: “I don’t think it’s right to just text someone. At least they should have talked to me face to face. It’s very impersonal and not at all professional.
The trend to "sack text"evidently began in 2003 on the recommendation of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Again in England, the business consulting firm advised their client The Accident, an insurance firm to send text messages to more than 3000 employees announcing the company was shutting down and that they were being laid off. Their rationale was that since the company had run out of money, txting would be the most cost-efficient thing to do.
At the time, the owner of the company said he was "too devastated" about the loss of the company. However, after he was spotted sunning himself in a villa in Spain, 21 employees sued and as was reported by The Register
"The tribunal ruled in their favour adding that staff had been "cynically manipulated".
But since the company has no cash, the compensation claim will be covered by the Government using taxpayers' money, the Telegraph reports.
Following yesterday's decision, other former workers are now expected to seek compensation."
At the time of the original text message The BBC reported the police were called to the insurance company.
"it was reported disgruntled workers looted offices of computer equipment before leaving their workplace following news of the redundancies.
Looting was definitely on the mind of HighJive responding to this post on Make The Logo Bigger
"Hope one of them was the marketing director who greenlit the recent testimonial ads with 40-year olds playing teens.While this isn’t the first time a company fired someone via email, 400 all at once is pretty ballsy.I’m guessing a few of those ex-employees may come back at a later date to ‘update’ management on their job search. I’ll be looking out for that breaking news on CNN.
(Via Drudge on Breitbart.)"
"actually, it was pretty ballsy. most employers disconnect people's computer before firing them to avoid disgruntled types messing with the systems."
You can't make this stuff up.
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