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RadioShack lays off 403 via e-mail

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Another 403 gone....
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RadioShack lays off 403 via e-mail

10:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 29, 2006

By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS and MARIA HALKIAS / The Dallas Morning News

The electronic pink slip is here.

In a move that some in the corporate world may deem unacceptable, RadioShack Corp. laid off 403 employees at its Fort Worth headquarters Tuesday via e-mail.

Employees knew that the cuts were coming and that they initially would be notified electronically, but some experts questioned the procedure.

"Traditionally in Texas, people are dismissed in a face-to-face meeting," said Frank McLaughlin, chairman of McSearch Personnel Consultants in Dallas. "It's not customary, not socially acceptable to some to do it over e-mail, but it's legal."

Dr. Derrick D'Souza, professor of management and associate dean at the University of North Texas College of Business Administration, said getting the news via e-mail might be viewed negatively, "if it's not part of the company's standard operating procedure and culture."

"It's a critical event communicated through a routine method of day-to-day correspondence," he said.
On Aug. 10, RadioShack told employees that it would reduce its workforce by 400 to 450 jobs.

In a series of meetings, company officials explained the method of layoff notification would be e-mail, said RadioShack spokeswoman Kay Jackson.

The company explained the procedure and invited employees to ask questions ahead of Tuesday's notification through RadioShack's intranet site.

"We wanted to treat our employees with as much dignity and respect as possible," Ms. Jackson said.

"It's a difficult thing to do, and everyone will have a different opinion on how to do it.
"To be open and have constant communication, whether you're impacted or not, was the right thing to do," she said.

E-mails were sent out by 8:45 a.m. About 30 minutes later, employees met with their supervisors, she said. That was followed by a meeting with human resources and outplacement-service representatives.

Other companies that recently had significant staff cuts said they communicate the old-fashioned way.

Blockbuster Inc. spokesman Randy Hargrove said recent layoffs at its Dallas corporate headquarters were done face to face.
"It's our notification procedure to have a supervisor sit down with each employee," he said.

Likewise at Plano-based EDS, "the direct supervisor has a face- to-face meeting with each employee," said spokeswoman Liz Bonet.

Although RadioShack employees knew the e-mails were coming, Dr. D'Souza said, companies should be careful not to dehumanize the process and treat employees as machines in a digital society.

Mr. McLaughlin said feelings may have been hurt at RadioShack "because of the method."
RadioShack shares closed up 22 cents Tuesday at $17.92.
 

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Although RadioShack employees knew the e-mails were coming, Dr. D'Souza said, companies should be careful not to dehumanize the process and treat employees as machines in a digital society.


Oops, too late!!
 

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I'd keep showing up for work every day and tell them you have not received any email because your ISP has laid off all it's employees! lol
:)
 

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I can't read my e-mail. The words are moving around too much when I'm eating. Oh well, I'll just go to work and check my e-mail later.
 

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My work sent letter out Fed Ex to employees when they laid them off. Followed up later by a box containing the contents of your desk.
 

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Gregor said:
If you keep showing up you would be like Milton from Office Space.
-Or,that "Jenkins" guy from that cereal commercial...The boss keeps telling him he's fired,but he keeps..Crunch,Crunch,Crunch,Crunch.
 

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Anyone have the actual text of the email? I envision it something like:

Dear Former Employee

As you can tell from our salutation, for you today is NACHO day.

This is NACHO job.
That is NACHO desk.
We are NACHO employer.

Thank you so much for not going postal, and have a nice day.
 
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N_Jay

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How about:

Today's slogan:

There is no "I" in TEAM, . . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

And after a careful look, we don't see a "U" in it either! :evil:
 

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petrol88 said:
Anyone have the actual text of the email? I envision it something like:
Dear Former Employee

As you can tell from our salutation, for you today is NACHO day.

This is NACHO job.
That is NACHO desk.
We are NACHO employer.

Thank you so much for not going postal, and have a nice day.
Don't forget, This is NACHO radio!

Yeah, that's cold hearted. No one likes to loose their jobs and to tell someone like that via email, is spineless in my opinion.
 

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N_Jay said:
How about:

Today's slogan:

There is no "I" in TEAM, . . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

And after a careful look, we don't see a "U" in it either! :evil:

But I se a M and an E so there is ME in TEAM
 

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I don't think Radio Shack is going to last much longer. I used to work there part time, but I left...I can't believe kids out of school and in their twenties work for this place. I tried it for a little extra money, and that was what I got...a LITTLE extra money. Sure, the perks are good (Discounts), but you can't live off the salary. Management doesn't do that great considering the amount of time they have to put in. And now this...incredible.
 

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What? I was what? Sorry it must have got trapped in my junk bin.

Agreed its not the best way to do this, BUT if they notified all employees ahead of time and said we are going to sending out emails to those laid off - its sorta like the coach posting the cut list on the wall, or the pink slip in your locker - They knew it was coming or it wasnt and for some it did.
 
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kingpin said:
Yeah, that's cold hearted. No one likes to loose their jobs and to tell someone like that via email, is spineless in my opinion.
I agree. Big business has gotten nothing but more sleazy in recent years IMO. And the politicians currently in power are looking the other way and even rewarding that trend.
 

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So, now we see that they conduct their human resources in the same manner that they conduct business.

Radio Shack - you have questions, we have blank stares.......unless you wanna sign up for cell service.
 

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I saw a RS commerical yesterday and it was nothing but cell phone service. No mention of anything else other than they were the leader in cell phone service. Go figure...
 

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Ever since RadioShack stopped selling radio equipment I hardly ever visit anymore. I remember when RadioShack had several cabinets filled with scanners and other goodies. Now you walk in to buy a scanner and the clerk looks at you like a deer in your headlights.
Thank god for online dealers such as Grove, Universal, and RadioOutfitter. RadioShack entered the cell phone market and now are paying the price for it. RadioShack needs to close down or change their name to "CellPhone Yack".
 
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