Can't help you with a website, but I can help you with a story:
There was a massive round of layoffs when Vanity Fair Inc. moved their corporate headquarters from Monroeville, AL to Alpharetta, GA. One man, a mid-level operations manager who shall remain nameless, came into work one morning and was told to drop all of his duties that day and report to his supervisors office. Fearing the worst, he reported to his supervisor who gave him a thick stack of termination notices and told him to call up each worker, have them come to his office, and let them know they were no longer needed.
The manager fumed at being made the bad guy, but reasoned that it could be alot worse. He spent the day delivering bad news to men and women he had worked with for more than ten years.
Later that afternoon, when he was done, he returned to his boss to let him know that he had delivered all of the lay-off notices.
His boss corrected him that he had one more to deliver and handed him one last slip.
It was his.
i'm starting to think thats standard corporate practice ... i've seen it at both the large corporations i've worked for ...
Do you mean stories from the employee's POV or from the company's?
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You're welcome, but unfortunately I am not on your flist.
Well, that's an oversight that has now been remedied!
Excellent! Thank you so much.
That's okay, everything helps!
Saw this news story just yesterday on the toronto
Top 10 reasons for being fired... and they might surprise you. The article contains some other interesting links that might help. (Including how to lose a job before you get it - interview horror stories)
I think you've got plenty here, but I thought I'd add one that a few of my friends at BP Amoco experienced in the 90's. The company did not believe in communicating face-to-face that employees had been fired, so instead they would have security come in early in the morning, box up a person's entire office, and then wait for the employee to show up in the morning. They would then make the employee carry their boxes out of the building with security escorting them the entire way.
My cousin worked for a large telephonic company. She went in one morning and her key card for the door didn't work. She tried three times. She went over to the guards desk, he looked at her card, looked up her name, reached under the desk and handed her a box with her stuff in it. Her manager didn't even fire her. The security guard did.
That's pretty outstandingly bad.
I give her credit. She started laughing. And kept laughing. She HATED that job. She called her headhunter on the way home (they had forgotton to ask for the cell back that they gave her and paid for...) and told him what happened. He had her lined up for jobs the next week. She was still laughing when she called me later that day. She said it really perfected working for that particular company.
Oh, and the security guard was completely freaked out that she started laughing. I guess he was expecting her to cry or get upset.
I was once let go from a temp to hire gig for unauthorized use of the internet. When there was no computer in my cube and I had no log-on. I assume it was because I didn't go to the Lunchtime BibleFun Meeting the head of my department ran.
Well, at least it had a very happy ending.
And yeah, that's a pretty lame excuse for letting yo go.
2006-11-17 08:13 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily terminations...
2006-11-18 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Not necessarily terminations...
I once discovered I was terminated by showing up and discovering a law enforcement type(been so long I can't remember if he was a cop or a rent-a-cop) nailing the front door shut. Seems the mortgage on the building hadn't been paid in forever. It was a diner. I was a waitress/cook on different days.
I had a key to the back door, and let myself in so I could get my stuff. The whole crew was there, getting their stuff, noshing on whatever was in the fridge and the bank people were taking inventory of equipment to be auctioned. At least the bank people let them pay us out of the money in the safe.
Man, at least you got paid!
2006-11-20 04:28 am (UTC)
Might be late
But we're in the middle of 'worst ways to get fired' at our work. Our admin nurse got laid off. She found out at an all staff meeting where our HR department was telling our staff how they've cut costs in the company and she added, "We've even laid off an admin nurse". Our admin was the newest hire. Didn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.
Most chillingly, they mentioned more than once that they're looking to cut 'other admin costs'. Guess who one of those 'admin costs' is?
2006-11-20 10:49 am (UTC)
Re: Might be late
It's like firing via charades! Man....