Questionable HR Management Award: RadioShack

RadioShack sure is getting a lot of coverage in the press this week -- all of it bad. The company followed through on its previously announced plans to cut about 400 jobs, but it has been catching a lot of flack about its method of notifying laid-off employees by e-mail.Employees at the Fort Worth headquarters received an e-mail Tuesday morning telling them they were being dismissed immediately:

"The workforce reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."

Layoffs are never any fun. Unfortunately, by failing to think the matter through and treat employees as they would wish to be treated during such a difficult event, RadioShack has created a PR nightmare for themselves at a time when they certainly didn't need it. Here is just a smattering: Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Associated Press, Television, Cable.

So congratulations to RadioShack! For ignoring the HR golden rule and turning what should have been a relatively quiet event into a public relations nightmare, we award them HR Lawyer's Blog's coveted Questionable HR Management Grand Prize Award!