Saturday, 15 August 2009

A Different Way Of 'Firing' 2,500 Staff

Found here.

A Singapore firm held a fire drill at 4pm when all their 5,000 staff were on shift. After 20 minutes waiting outside, they were treated to this tannoy announcement.

Dear Employees - With melting heart I am making this announcement that for many of you it will be a last evacuation drill. Due to the recession we are laying off almost 50% of employees. While moving in, if your ID card doesn't work, then you are among those laid off and all your belongings will be couriered to you tomorrow.

We have followed this approach as we didn't want to fill e-mail box with layoff mails and goodbye mails in thousands and also to avoid any fight inside office.

Hope you have a nice career ahead. Please move in and try your luck.

If only someone had YouTube'd it.

UPDATE: Sadly, Doubting Richard has squirrelled that this little bit of fun post is a hoax, more's the pity. Oh well.


Unknown said...

They should have employed Alan Sugar to point a finger at them and say 'your fired!' Sorry, I forgot NuLabour had given him a job and he can't moonlight now can he?

Mark Wadsworth said...


I can't wait for this to happen simultaneously outside the offices of the ECHR, the Arts Council, Sustainable Development Commission (and about two thousand other such bodies) with the tannoy announcement saying that their ID cards will be valid for another twenty minutes to enable them to collect personal possessions and nick a last few bits of stationery.

Joe Public said...

Thanks for the warning.

Next time our office has a fire safety drill, maybe I'll risk staying inside.

Anonymous said...

Is it bad that this made me laugh?

The Queen should do this with the Labour Party

Anonymous said...

Absolutely priceless!

Now that's what I call lateral thinking ;-)

Anonymous said...

There is a cocktail called a 'Singapore Sling'.

# 30 ml gin
# 15 ml Heering Cherry Liqueur
# 7.5 ml D.O.M Benedictine
# 7.5 ml Cointreau
# 120 ml Pineapple juice
# 15 ml fresh lime juice
# 10 ml grenadine
# dash of Angostura bitters
# Garnish: maraschino cherry, pineapple chunk, and orange slice.

Mix well, wait for 20 minutes, then pour down the drain.

Anonymous said...

Genius.. rofl..

Think I'll find out when our next fire-drill is and email this to all 15 mins before.


SaltedSlug said...

When I'm ruling the country, everything is going to happen like this.

Adrian said...

Hoax alert

Doubting Richard said...

Afraid so, Adrian. Good one, though.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Oh well, all in good faith etc.

SaltedSlug said...

Meanwhile, in real life, one of the plant managers at Sellafield famously redrew his organisation structure on his office wall and invited people to attempt to find their names on it.....

It being Sellafield no one actually lost their job, they were just thrown into the personnel pool for HR to line them up with a vacancy. Still, went down in legend.