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Thursday, August 31, 2006

You've Got Mail & Ten Minutes To Clear Your Desk

Earlier this month, a lady in the UK takes a sick day from work because of a migraine, then turns on her cell phone the next day to find out she's been fired via a text message. This week, just as they had been warned, RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH) emailed layoff notices to 400 of its workers at the Forth Worth Texas headquarters. While severance is being offered, former employees won't get any checks until their company-issued BlackBerrys, laptops and cell phones are returned.

Technology has been portrayed as a godsend for its ease of use in getting a message to anyone anytime, and as a curse straight from hell for the exact same reason. This may not be as cold blooded as, say, getting a divorce via text message, but it certainly can't be endearing when these employers go looking for new employees.

- UK Store Worker Fired By Text Message (San Jose Mercury News)
- You've Got Mail: You're Fired (Forbes)
- Malaysia Permits Text Message Divorce (BBC News)

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