Thursday, August 31, 2006

Brave New World Redux

I've had bad employment experiences, but I think this would really get me steamed:
Fort Worth, Tex. — RadioShack Corp. notified about 400 workers by e-mail that they were being dismissed immediately as part of planned job cuts.

Employees at the Fort Worth headquarters got messages Tuesday morning saying: “The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your
position is one that has been eliminated.”

Firings are like break-ups: In person, you're at least showing that person you respect them enough to say it to their face. By phone, you're at least being polite enough to let them hear it from your own voice. By email/letter? You might as well ask for their last paycheck back.

This reminds me of an incident a few years ago where a St. Louis restaurant closed and the employees didn't find out until they showed up for work the next day and there were signs on the restuarant doors. Ouch.

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