On Tuesday, Radio Shack notified 400-450 employees BY E-MAIL that they were losing their jobs. This has, understandably, drawn a lot of criticism in the media. One blogger I think nailed it when she described the action thusly: "Disgraceful."
I thought Radio Shack was skirting the bottom of the ethics barrel when they charge exorbitant prices on remote control cars during December, only to discount them 70% the day after Christmas. But, no, this one exceeds my wildest expectations. I'm just wondering what routes for notification that they rejected before deciding on e-mail?
Here's what I think they considered first but eventually ruled out.
- Giving employee layoff or choice of their crappy merchandise.
- Mandatory participation in game show called "Guess Who's Unemployed?"
- Use of literal firing squad, blindfolds, cigarettes, etc.
- Developing a page on their corporate web site called, "Do you have a job today?" where employees can go daily to look for their names on a hit list.
- Wheel of layoffs. Similar to the wheel of savings, you see at Carnival Shoes, except that instead sections being marked $5 off or "Buy one Get one free," there are people's names.
- Notification by way of carrier pigeons wearing black wing bands.
- Singing telegrams.
- Spontaneous combustion when laid-off employee unknowingly tries to use his key card.
- Television notification, right after the Lotto numbers
- Delivering layoff notification in same envelope as draft notification.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.