I fire you. Let me count the ways


The company hasn’t been doing well. We’ve had to let some people go, and you’ve been affected. As of today, you’re off the payroll.


One food processing plant in California sent 1,000 workers a letter at home, telling them they were being laid off.

And the prize goes to… text message:

Hi Katy its alex from the shop. Sorry 2 do this by text but ive been trying to call u + ur phones been switched off. Ive had a meeting with jon + ian and weve reviewed your sales figures and they’re not really up to the level we need. As a result we will not require your services any more. You will receive your last pay packet on Friday 28th july. Thank you for your time with us. (You’ve got mail: ‘We’re letting you go’)

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By Richard Brisebois

I help companies develop their leaders. I help managers develop themselves and their teams.
Richard Brisebois is a leadership development professional who has worked with 7,000+ managers, leaders, and business owners in 40+ countries, from Fortune50 executives to SME business owners and tribal leaders. He specializes in designing and facilitating leadership development programs as well in team coaching.