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AOL’s Firing Strategy The Subject Of Ridicule

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You may not have much use for AOL as a corporation, but its employees, as people, probably deserve some applause – they’re handling a huge round of layoffs quite well.

AOL's Firing Strategy The Subject Of Ridicule
AOL’s Firing Strategy The Subject Of Ridicule

I’m sure there’s no universal reaction to 2,000 people getting fired, yet this development has resulted in a lot of jokes and funny t-shirts.  Take the “Layoff Wonderland” song as one of the former.  Many of the latter feature Monty Burns and Waylon Smithers of “The Simpsons”; they’ve often been compared to CEO Randy Falco and COO Ron Grant.

And it’s not as if AOL has done anything to warrant a less critical treatment.  Kara Swisher “interprets” a memo from Falco, and the first line translates to “Um, what was your name, again?”  This, mind you, is a communication that effectively ended many people’s careers.

Also, Henry Blodget posted a past version of a “you’re getting fired email.”  It simply states, “You are required to attend a meeting tomorrow at 9:00am in room 53A:A00.  Please make sure that you are available to attend.”

It seems that AOL really does lack a personal touch, but at least this has given exiting employees something to laugh about.

AOL’s Firing Strategy The Subject Of Ridicule
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