5 Replies to “What Were the Managers Thinking?”

  1. They weren’t . . . thinking.
    Or rather they weren’t thinking about doing the layoff, the doing part, as they were doing it. It happens when people get overwhelmed – perceptual narrowing to one critical focus.
    Since one of the characteristics of middle management is dealing in many domains of practice (as many as 11, from one paper I read) in small slices of time (average duration 7 minutes from the same paper), staying calm enough to pay attention to what you are doing right now is key. You have to switch quickly, yet be present in what you are doing.
    Going through the motions while your mind is elsewhere isn’t good enough.

  2. Communicating via email sends the message that “we can’t be bothered to acknowledge you’re a human being or that we should treat you with respect.”
    Unless a company is literally on it’s last legs, the will be hiring again. This message is a great way to hire people (especially managers) who don’t treat their people well. And when you’re in a sales position, why do that?

  3. pink slip is nothing but a symbolic way of communicating “You’ve been axed-off”. What’s the issue of communicating through email?

  4. I think this (firing via email, a.k.a. no respect for the employees) is a symptom of the problems that have caused the financial hardships of Radio Shack. Perhaps if they respected their employees, and used their eyes and ears to help guide the company, they wouldn’t have had a layoff, at all.

  5. Why not to take it simple? There are many managers who cannot cope with emotional problems involved in firing people. For them to be a manager is a priviledge not a resonsibility. They are pretty sure if they need to hire back they will find enough. Unfortunately there is too little really suprising here.

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