Post # 1
Happy Friday everyone, my job just laid me off via text.
A little background, I’ve been working at this boutique for just about two years. It’s been in business for 8 years, and is run by a husband and wife with who(m?) I’ve grown very close to. So much so that they were on the list to be invited to our wedding. As of recently, things have slowed down quite a bit, and they spoke very candidly with me about moving to a smaller location. I offered to work less if that was necessary. They assured me that wouldn’t be needed.
This week I was on my week of paid vacation. They gave it to me as a bonus for all my hard work with online sales and attracting new clients via social media. Prior to me being there, they had no online presence and didn’t do any selling on eBay.
While running errands, I recieved a text from one of the bosses and it read like this:
“Hello. This is to inform you with all of our regret that as of today we can no longer afford your employment at the store. We sincerely wish you all the best.”
I’m still in a bit of shock over the whole thing. I understand where they are coming from and I do not fault them for needing to lay me off. I totally respect that, but I am slightly offended that they did it via text. After working somewhere for two years, you’d think they would have the tact to tell me in person, or at least over the phone. A friend suggested that they might be embarassed, and I get that, but still…..there is a level of professionalism that should be followed.
Sigh, oh well. I’m a firm believer that better things will come from this, but losing your job via text is still pretty lame.
Thanks for listening to my little mid-evening rant. <3
Post # 2
OMGMrsW2B: You’re right. They should have had the professionalism to tell you in person.
Post # 3
Wow. Would you at least be able to get some sort of severance pay for being told so abruptly? FI was laid off over text, they texted me actually, not even him (!), and he managed to get severance because he wasn’t told beforehand.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
OMGMrsW2B: That is really sh*tty. I mean, seriously? That is such a cowardly thing to do. My friend was fired from her job via email on a Friday. It was sent to her personal email so she didn’t get it until she got home. She didn’t want to deal with it at that second and didn’t think it was for real as she was leaving that second to go camping. When she got back on Sunday her boss’ nanny texted her to say she shouldn’t bother coming in at all. Honestly, some people astound me. This is something you should have the courtesy to tell someone face-to-face.
I don’t know about where you are but here they would legally need to pay you an average for a certain number of weeks because you were fired without cause. Make sure you get what you are owed.
I think that something better will come in for you. It sounds like you definitely have some good skills. I hope you find something!
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
I know we are in a world surrounded by social media, cellphones, etc. But my first thought is…Is this even legal? You might need to consult a professional on this one. Its my understanding that employees are not even allowed to be fired over the phone these days…you usually have to be fired in person. Please consult someone to ask questions, regardless of your personal feelings for these people!
Post # 6
OMGMrsW2B: Ugh, you poor thing. Sorry about the job loss, and I fully agree that notifying you of their decision by text was a really bad choice. As your friend suggested, they probably did it this way because they felt so awkward/embarrassed/upset, but that’s not really an excuse and puts you in a very difficult situation (i.e. do you reply via text? Wait till you see them next and discuss it in person anyway…?).
As you say, am hoping there is a gift somewhere in all of this for you. Best of luck!
Post # 7
OMGMrsW2B: By the way, if you hadn’t made it sound like they were fairly nice people aside from this unfortunate error of judgement, I (jokingly) would have suggested turning up for work as usual on Monday, complaining about how you broke your phone on Thursday night, and then watch them sweat about it 😉
Post # 8
OMGMrsW2B: Im pretty sure with any layoff they have to provide you with a signed notice of release, so that you can provide this when applying for Employment Insurance (if applicable). Especially since you’ve been with them so long, I would call your Labour Board in the area/state/province and discuss what you’re entitled to for severance pay. I’m pretty sure you’d be entitled to quite a bit after 8 years.
Very rude and unprofessional of them to do this. I would probably go in and talk with them face to face, kind of exit interview, and explain that you feel it was inappropriate to be laid off like that and you would have understood either way, but you are owed more than just a text.
Post # 9
Miss_Mae: I was going to say the same thing, although not as a joke. Definitely go into work on Monday. You don’t need to pretend like you didn’t get the message, but you can and should have an in person conversation about what happened and why things happened so abruptly if for no reason other than your next job interviewer will ask and you should have an answer. Also, you want to confirm that you can list these people as references and of course ask if they can do you the service of letting you know if they hear of any opportunities, your own network is always the best path to your next job.
Post # 10
Oh wow…. I don’t even have words. I am so sorry! 🙁
Post # 11
I can’t believe this actually happens! Seriously, what in the world happened to professionalism. No one (with a concious) wants to be the bad guy but a text!? Where is the sense of decency?? What a total cop out.
Post # 12
OMGMrsW2B: btw… are they coming to your wedding? That’d be super awkward for me.
Post # 13
I can’t believe that! I understand that they are just a small store, but they should still have HR procedures to follow. I am sorry to hear that :/