Bloggers Cover RadioShack Email Firings

RadioShack Corp. shocked employees when it decided to fire 400 of them via an email message. The blogosphere has reacted negatively to this rude manner of firing people as you might expect.

USA Today reports that the email said, "The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."

Nice personal touch RadioShack. This is not how it should be done. Strategic HR Lawyer blogs that this is NOT the way to fire your employees. "So what happened to 'we're sorry to see you go; this is a difficult decision; thanks for all of your hard work?' What about the telephone? This is actually a store that sells them, so I can't imagine they don't have them!"

Make the Logo Bigger says RadioShack embraced new media with the firings. "While this isn't the first time a company fired someone via email, 400 all at once is pretty ballsy."

Angela Gunn at USA Today's Tech_Space writes, "I hope the management team that approved this approach gets their own unemployment notices in a more old-fashioned fashion. How about some of Doc Martens' finest applied directly to the buttal regions? I'll bet I can find 400-odd volunteers."

We hope this become a lesson of what not to do.

Posted on August 30, 2006

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