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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 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.


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