The Ugly Business of Firing
So I worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week. My then-wife left me. What had been a beautiful, easily readable mailing brochure to teachers and kids was a jumble of mousetype with book cover illustrations the size of postage stamps.
So did The Gold Mine Book Club for older kids.
My mentor and friend Lew Smith left to become creative director of the Wunderman agency. Howell hired a fat little toad merchandising expert to replace Lew and the toad hired an out-of-work chum to replace me. On a Friday I was given two weeks salary and thrown out on my ass.
The Firing Process Today Is Equally Tacky
Let's take a look at some of these examples:
• Remember Mike Earnest? He starred in an anti-Romney campaign ad. He worked for a Bain capital factory and was told to build a 30-foot stage. All three shifts were herded to the stage and were told the plant was being shut down. According to the ad, Romney made $100 million on the shutdown. —abcnews.com
• From: Carol Bartz, President of Yahoo
To all. I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.
• Fort Worth, Texas - RadioShack Corp. notified about 400 workers by email that they were being dismissed immediately as part of planned job cuts. —abclocal.go.com
• Last week, NBC fired 14 people from the Access Hollywood staff—just locked them out of the building as they were returning from lunch. "It was really awful. Their ID cards wouldn't open the gate, and then a security guard came over and told them they were no longer employed there," one insider told Page Six. "Of course, the bosses waited until they'd finished producing the day's show before canning them." —New York Post, Page 6