UK Business School Gives Staffers the Business

Layoffs happen. But they don’t have to happen THIS way:

On that day, she and six other employees were summoned one by one to the dean’s office, told about their layoffs, handed a sealed letter, given a 5-minute informational lecture and instructed to be out of the building in 10 minutes.

“We were locked out of our computers, our university email deactivated, escorted to the exit door in front of our colleagues at mid-morning with as much of our personal belongings as we could hold,” Radford said in an email to the Herald-Leader. “We could not even check our office calendars to see what student appointments were scheduled for later that day and that week.”

Radford said she was given no information about how her duties will be handled and was not asked to participate in any kind of transitional strategy.

“The callousness of Gatton College’s administration is astounding,” she wrote.

I’ve lived through some layoffs. Some were handled humanely, while others looked and felt like taking out the garbage. Apparently the leaders of Gatton College like the “you’re garbage” approach.

And don’t assume that large corporations are always the bad actors they are made out to be. One major employer decided to lay off a substantial portion of their workforce. How much notice did they give the persons being let go? Six months. That’s right — they told them before Christmas about a layoff coming the next May, so that the employees wouldn’t unknowingly spend money for Christmas presents that would have been better put into savings.

I’m sure the leaders of the UK business school use case studies in their teaching. They’ve now got a new case study of their own making — on how NOT to handle layoffs.