I first saw this on Managers Tools, who reported that Radio Shack laid off 400 people and told them by email. Not wanting to spread rumors or untruths, and not wanting to believe it, I did a quick search and here is the story on USA Today.
Wow – what were they thinking? That HR leader ought to be let go too. Strong words, I know, but I can’t fathom this kind of choice. A few years back, a large Seattle based company locked out a group of employees who were being let go and that was terrible.
Human resources – I am beginning to hate that phrase. The resources part is what needs to change. People are not just resources like computer systems and Post It notes. Our employees, all of them, even the underperforming ones who ought to be let go, are our partners. They are our business family. Even when it is the right thing to do to let someone go, we need to remember that they are important partners. How we leave a relationship is just as important as how we enter into it.
I guess I should not be surprised, lovers break up using text messaging these days.