The kind-hearted powers that be in RadioShack’s ivory towers fired 400 of employees recently. By e-mail.
The employees at the consumer electronics retailer’s headquarters received an e-mail message on Tuesday morning, August 29th alerting them to the fact that they were being dismissed. Immediately.
The e-mail read: “The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately, your position is one that has been eliminated.”
Yeah, and unfortunately those people were not important enough to be told in person. They had been told, however, in a series of meetings that layoff notices would be delivered electronically, a company spokeswoman said. Watch your e-mail for a special message offer from RadioShack!
Who thinks like this?! What has happened to common courtesy? Being fired from your job is a traumatic and life changing experience. It’s not fun for the person doing the firing, and it certainly isn’t a walk in the park for the person out of a job. If you have to let someone go, be big enough to do it in a face-to-face, across the desk conversation.
Radio Shack said that it needed to cut 400 to 450 jobs to cut expenses and “improve its long-term competitive position.”
Now, how are they going to improve their word on the street reputation?