It was pretty bad when Carol Bartz got fired over the phone a few months back but getting fired through Facebook is actually worse. I mean, it’s Facebook. It is one thing to be fired for your comments that you make on it, but to actually get the message through this particular social medium is really upsetting. Even LinkedIn would be better. A woman named Angel Clark, a talk radio host, was fired by the station WGMD on her Facebook account. The basic gist just thanked her for her time with the station and that they were moving in a different direction.
Angel wrote on her blog, “I can understand wanting to “take your programming in a different direction”, but is there a reason why employees no longer deserve a even a phone call when you cut off their income with no warning?” Plus it sounds like she was an exemplary employee:
“I have worked for WGMD for almost a year without missing a single scheduled day. I was electrocuted on the air when the station was struck by lightening, I completed a 5 hour show with no phone lines and ringing ears because I couldn’t reach anyone higher up on the “totem poll” to tell me what to do. My boss answered one text message, but then ignored his cell phone. I worked Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, and New Years Day. I’m not whining, I just think I should have AT LEAST gotten a phone call.”
A phone call would have, in the slightest way, made her feel better. Angel did write back asking for more of an explanation and as of now hasn’t heard back. That phone call to Carol Bartz sounds pretty nice right now.
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