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Mr. Kim: "You are fired. Oh. "
You've Got Mail!

It's bad enough getting fired from a job, but to get your pink slip in an email? That seems to be business as usual at RadioShack these days. The Boston Globe is reporting that 400 RadioShack employees were fired via email on Tuesday morning. The message was short and to the point:

The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.

Employees were forewarned that layoffs would be coming and that they would be handed out electronically. Affected persons were given 30 minutes to pack up, make phone calls and say goodbye to co-workers before meeting with senior managers. From BusinessWeek:

Derrick D'Souza, a management professor at the University of North Texas, said he had never heard of such a large number of terminated employees being notified electronically. He said it could be seen as dehumanizing to employees. Laid-off workers got one to three weeks pay for each year of service, up to 16 weeks for hourly employees and 36 weeks for those with base bay of at least $90,000, the company said.

Hopefully, this isn't a sign of things to come in the business world. RadioShack had announced in February that it planned to close between 400 to 700 stores. Since then, the company has closed nearly 500 stores already.

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By Lazarus Dark on 8/31/2006 12:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
Besides the fact that I never check my email unless I'm expecting one, if I did get this email, I would go Ballistic. They're just asking for someone to come back with an assault rifle. Dehumanizing? You think?! Just reading about this happening to strangers pisses me off. No, if this was ever tried on me, it would not be pretty.

dear loyal, hardworking employee of ten years:
u r not needed. plz leev now. c ya.

RE: W...T....F....
By Anh Huynh on 8/31/2006 12:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
Its more like "You're fired kkthx."

RE: W...T....F....
By umerok on 8/31/2006 1:47:04 PM , Rating: 2

RE: W...T....F....
By Anh Huynh on 8/31/2006 2:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
/kick #radioshack (Employee name)

RE: W...T....F....
By EODetroit on 8/31/2006 2:14:24 PM , Rating: 3
I'm waiting for the next e-mail worm... The "You're Fired" virus. A high powered CEO's computer gets infected, company stock tanks when all employees stop showing up to work.

Or... the You're Fired phisher emails. Click here and enter your bank account infos to collect your last paycheck. Radio Shack will have to come out with a statement saying that they will never fire people from anything but the official Radio Shack email address.

RE: W...T....F....
By kattanna on 8/31/2006 2:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
or for some dork to accidently send a real "your fired" email to everyone..

or include in the TO: field the complete list so everyone can see everyone else who got fired...

im waiting for those to happen

By Knish on 8/31/2006 11:55:23 AM , Rating: 3
"Well, at least I won lunch"

By shadowzz on 8/31/2006 11:57:05 AM , Rating: 4
By AllYourBaseAreBelong2Us on 8/31/2006 12:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
Big Bada Boom!

By AstroCreep on 8/31/2006 6:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
As you can plainly see, there is no loyalty to the employees, and I've been saying that since I worked there 5 years ago. I even said it was I was still empoyed by them.
Though most of these fired workers were from the corporate headquarters locations, and are on a different 'platform' than the employees in the retail stores (like I was), it's the same mentality of "The Company" versus "People in the company", meaning that every employee was faceless and lost in a sea of quotas and dollar signs.
Sure, every company wants to make money, and sure, maybe a lot of companies are the epitome of "The Corporate Machine", but I've worked for other companies before that were NOTHING like RadioShack...Hell, they were even MORE profitable than RS!!!

All-in-all, the place sucks, and I've been saying it for years, and this just finally proves what I've been saying, but have had a hard time putting into words (well, more than "Yeah, that place sucks").

By Operandi on 9/1/2006 1:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
None of that surprises me; in fact if was anything less I'd be surprised.

It's fairly obvious that just about everything Radioshack makes is made as cheaply as possible with little or no emphasis put on performance or quality.

By marvdmartian on 9/1/2006 9:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
So then, you're saying that Radioshack sucks???

Bottom line, whichever mid-level executive that thought up this bonehead move should get an e-mail from the CEO telling them they're fired.

By Herb3 on 9/1/2006 2:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
Many, many years ago Radio Shack (they didn't spell it as one word then) was a great place to work. This was in the late 60s through the early 80s. Radio Shack was in the midst of an expansion. The stock (Tandy Corporation) was going through the roof.

Everyone was enthused and everyone from store clerks, managers, and corporate types made tons of money.

Then Charles Tandy died. He had led this expansion and he treated all employees as if they were part of his extended family.

After than Radio Shack started a long slide downward. The CEOs who replaced Tandy did not have his vision or concern for their employees. And they squandered the company's fortunes on failed enterprise after failed enterprise instead of investing in there core business.

The leadership of the new RadioShack did not come from the trenches like Charles Tandy so they have no appreciation for their employees.

By obeseotron on 8/31/2006 2:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
I lost a job I had for 4 years via a post-it on my monitor once. Boss had come in before me, put it on the screen and then left for the day. It sucked, and I'm sure this sucks for Radioshack employees.

A phone call is the minimum a company can do if you're being laid off. As if the sky high prices and awful selection weren't enough reasons not to spend money at RS.

RE: Spineless
By PT2006 on 8/31/2006 4:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
I lost a job I had for 4 years via a post-it on my monitor once.

Funny story, I broke up with a girlfriend once that way too.

RE: Spineless
By MrDiSante on 8/31/06, Rating: 0
Not what it seems
By Yguy on 9/1/2006 11:42:31 AM , Rating: 3
It's true it does sound harsh that they all got laidoff via email. But the article doesn't give the whone picture. First, this was just the end of a couple month long proccess, everyone knew what was going on, and was even in on it. They had had conference meetings with everyone that works in the corporate office to explain to everyone all the severence packages and so forth, as well as ask everyone to please remove all their personal belongings just incase their job was cut so they could make a speedy exit. They then asked the employes which of several different methods they would like to be informed. The employes overwhelming chose email because it would be very private and lowkey. And for those that haven't guessed it, I know all this because I work for Radio Shack, I'm not in the corporate office, but close enough they send me recordings of all these meeting so I knew what was going on.

The Fifth Element
By R Nilla on 8/31/2006 12:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
Mr. Kim: "You are fired. Oh. "
Quote of the day - great movie!

Very Cold
By rushfan2006 on 8/31/2006 12:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
I heard about this story on the drive in on my favorite talk show (he's the only talk show guy I listen to because he talks about everything and not politics)...anyway..this is messed up, there's no way about it...very cold and like the show host said "How do you come to this decision when you are sitting around the conference room table".

I know people will say "well they were told it was coming"....still have it happen to you this way and tell me you wouldn't be more PO'd.

Gamestop is the same way.
By Kilim on 8/31/2006 10:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
I work for Gamestop and corporate has the same mentality with its run-of-the-mill workers. They once announced that they had bought two corporate jets and then the next week cut back on payroll to meet budget qouta's.

Oh yeah, they have called people in to talk about their future with the company on their day off to fire them, and this was not for LP issues.

Those crackerjacks at Gamestop HQ even gave us new computer systems with no formal training. They told us to use our payroill hours to send workers to Eb's (who already had them) to train. Really on the ball!

Wait a minute, does Gamestop own Radioshock? lol.

No Surprise
By runningboard on 9/1/2006 5:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
9 years ago, I worked for Tandy Consumer Service in Tulsa, OK, providing the electronics repair support for Radio Shack stores across the midwest. I had almost 7 years in with the company and was the 'new guy' in our shop.

We received notification from corporate headquarters that our service center was closing via fax. 2 days before the close date, a manager type showed up, packed up all the files and equipment and drove away - so it's no surprise to me how low that company can go. It was a fitting ending to a long series of uncaring decisions and policies.

The good thing that came from all this is that by forcing me to leave, I was finally able to take the plunge and go back to school. I now have a position with a MUCH better company that treats their employees with respect and dignity.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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