You’ve got to be kidding me. RadioShack laid off 400 people by, well, sending an E-MAIL! Thankfully, I’ve never personally experienced a lay-off before, but I can only imagine what that does to someone’s confidence. To make matters worse, imagine you learned that your boss didn’t even have time to tell you personally. Senior Managers out there: have some respect and at least speak to soon to be ex-employees face to face when your corporation scales back its workforce. If something like that happened at the company I work for, it’s likely I would follow those given the boot right out the door in the search of a new job. Time will tell how RadioShack’s employees handle the news of their co-workers being let go via e-mail. 

RadioShack is going to be hard-pressed to stop bloggers from blowing this story up with their chatter…I wouldn’t want to be RadioShack’s PR Director right now.


  • Cool company you work for. Good luck and thanks for the link. Keep writing.

    steve

  • Drew Meyers

    Steven-
    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like my employer (I do too). I don’t plan to stop writing anytime soon…so stay tuned for more interesting stuff

  • I had the same reaction as you did when I saw the headline. But after reading it closely — I learned the RadioShack warned its employees this was coming and it would be by email. Furthermore, the company wanted to reach all these people at the same time at the privacy of their own desks.

    It’s like my daughter’s volleyball tryouts. Last year at club tryouts, everyone got notified by letter whether or not they made it. The girls opened the letters in the gym. You could tell from their faces who made it and who didn’t.

    This year, when she tried out for the school team, the coach gave them letters and told them not to open it until they were off campus. Much better. Everyone could celebrate or get upset in private.

    This doesn’t mean I think RadioShack did the right thing — but rather there’s another side of it.

  • Drew Meyers

    Meryl- I definitely agree that there are two sides to this story. I just happen to disagree with the notion that a company should let go of employees without speaking to them personally.

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