04 Nov Another garish Zoom layoff
Yeaaahhh… and that was the same guy who referred to staff as dumb dolphins:
“‘HELLO — WAKE UP BETTER TEAM,’ writes Vishal Garg, the CEO of Better.com, in an email to employees obtained by Forbes. ‘You are TOO DAMN SLOW. You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS and…DUMB DOLPHINS get caught in nets and eaten by sharks. SO STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE EMBARRASSING ME.'”
Doesn’t he sound like a peach? Jeez.
Now we have:
“‘Wanna hear what it sounds like when 100 people get fired?’: Call center lays off worker, and her 100 co-workers, in one Zoom” which you can find here: https://www.dailydot.com/debug/infocision-call-center-lays-off-100-people-on-zoom/
“In the video, Amber Sanders said Infocision told 100 workers they would have their hours dropped to zero hours per week but were not being laid off or fired. The video then shows the aftermath of the meeting where employees discuss their futures and frustrations.
Infocision is the second-largest teleservice company in the U.S., operating 30 call centers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
In an interview with the Daily Dot, Sanders said she has worked at Infocision for just over one month.
‘I worked there for about two weeks [in September,] and then we had a cyber attack.’ she said. ‘They let us go for another two weeks and they didn’t pay us. They sent us all these emails saying that when we get to come back to work we’ll get overtime and we’ll have extra hours and all this. We came back to work like a week and a half ago. And they offered us no overtime, they said there was no overtime. So of course everybody got mad.’
Infocision did not respond to a request for comment on the employees status.”
-from Daily Dot
So… here’s the thing: I read stories like this and it drives home to me the insanity of the so-called labor shortage. 🦜 Labor shortage, labor shortage, no one wants to work. Ca-caw, ca-caw.
In this case, people were willing to work and, based on what we’re told, they were sent home without pay, told they’d get OT when they returned, and didn’t.
This doesn’t sound to me like people aren’t willing to work. It sounds like people got the 💩 end of the stick.
“Sanders said she then worked a normal week before being called into an HR meeting on Friday while she worked from her Texas home.
‘I thought I was getting fired because I thought it was just me that they’re calling and HR,’ she said. ‘You know maybe you think you’re getting fired if HR is calling you in. But when I got into the meeting—it’s an at-home job—so I got to the meeting and I see no there was like 100 people in that meeting. I’m like, OK, so I’m not getting fired.’
Sanders then said they were reassured that they wouldn’t be fired, but then were told by a boss that their hours were being dropped to zero.
‘But he said that as of now that the company was cutting us all to zero hours until further notice,’ she added.
According to reviews on Indeed, this is not the first time Infocision has been accused of what are effectively mass layoffs without notice.”
-from Daily Dot
First off, I hate Zoom and any other video chat platform. I’ve talked about that many times before, so no need to belabor the point. Secondly, I hate mass layoffs via Zoom. I understand that during a pandemic, no one was going to fly in George Clooney from Up in the Air to give someone a BS speech in a conference room. I get it. But wow. It’s highly impersonal to round everyone up on a video chat for a termination.
Companies do that and then wonder why workers don’t seem to have much loyalty anymore. Hmmm. Perhaps it’s because loyalty should be a two-way street. 🤷🏻♀️
And is it really that “no one wants to work anymore” or is there a lot more to the story? When we see the story of the man who applied to 60 jobs and had 1 interview and horror stories of people getting application rejections within minutes, it seems highly improbable that no one wants to work and employers are just doin’ all they can to get by.