Color Coding Your Fate


Well, this is certainly one way to do things. Following a merger, staffers at one UK company were notified of their job security with a simple color-coded message… in front of everyone. Yikes. The Telegraph reports:

All 16,000 employees of Everything Everywhere, the mobile phone company created by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, were told last month whether or not their jobs were safe at mass meetings across the country.

Up to 1,200 middle managers and back office staff who could lose their jobs by the end of the Christmas holidays were shown a red light and told they were "at risk". Other staff saw the light go yellow, which meant they must re-apply for their existing job. Some 30pc of these roles face the axe under current proposals.

A blue light indicated their job had been "mapped" into the new business plan and were being kept on. A green light showed the creation of a limited number of new roles.

The presentations were made in public in front of between 30-60 colleagues. Some employees are thought to have had no idea that their jobs were at risk before the humiliating public meeting. One employee said: "Some of the people got up and walked straight out of the room, others sat there crying, others were absolutely dumbstruck."

Everything Everywhere said: "Wherever possible, members of our senior management team explained the proposed changes at face-to-face meetings to ensure teams received the information consistently and had the opportunity to ask questions." The company has entered into a 90-day consultation period.

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