Business etiquette question of the day:
What is the preferred communication medium for terminating the jobs of a few hundred people–many of whom have worked for a predecessor company for decades?
Is it private conversations? Small- or large-group meetings? Personal letters?
But if you guessed company-wide e-mail memo, you’d be correct.
Management of the Mendocino Redwood Company, one of two companies that prevailed this week in a takeover bid of the bankrupt Pacific Lumber Company, reportedly sent a two-paragraph e-mail to all employees Wednesday afternoon informing them that their employment had terminated simultaneous with the close of the reorganization deal.
While termination came as no surprise, insiders say that communication between MRC management and HRC employees has been shoddy at best, and that at the big moment Wednesday not a single MRC exec could be found to answer questions or ease employees through an excruciating time.
Job offers to many of the recently unemployed are expected to be extended through the weekend, but there are already numerous reports of demotions, wage decreases and general insensitivity.
Here’s the good news, and it is still very good: Hurwitz is gone, and there is little reason to doubt that MRC will be an improvement. And to be fair, a few bumps in the road should be expected in a transition of this magnitude.
But as a little welcoming gift to MRC, we humbly offer the following:
You’ve talked an awful lot about how you plan to treat the trees, wildlife and watersheds of Humboldt County. We’re watching very closely now to see how you treat our people.