Headline - CompUSA To Close All 103 Stores After the Holidays....jeesh...
After the wear-it-out coverage of the Circuit City fiasco, I should write about more uplifting stuff during the holidays. But from a HR standpoint, notification of closure during the holidays is a big deal. Fortunately, I don't have to do a rundown of this - Jay Sheppard at Gruntled Employees has a great rundown over at his site... Starting with a link to what appears to be a WARN letter to CompUSA employees from Engadget.
Reaction to the letter from Gruntled Employees:
"Now I can't personally vouch for the authenticity of the letter, and Engadget describes its source as an anonymous CompUSA employee. Nor could I confirm the identity of CompUSA's HR director, although there is an HR person with that name in the DFW metropolitan area. It certainly looks like an authentic WARN Act letter, which the government requires.
But what a letter. I appreciate that CompUSA had a lot of employees to fire, but couldn't they have bothered to insert the unlucky recipient's name in each letter? (You know, guys, they have computers that can do that now.) Did they need to keep reminding the fired worker that CompUSA is incorporated (at least for now) — four times in a three-paragraph letter? Couldn't they get a human being to actually sign the letter? Repeating the name in boldfaced italics doesn't count.
You're firing people. Have the decency to act like it means something to you. It certainly means something to the employees."
That pretty much sums it up. Thanks to Jay for the coverage and notes, and if you really want to feel like you need a shower from an ineffective communications perspective, check out this offer of one-week's salary to any non-exempt employee who stays until their store closes.