Management integrity must go all the way down the line – particularly when people have to leave the payroll not from their own choice - it’s a no brainer as my friends in the US would say.
Offloading people (what a terrible expression that is) should be done with dignity and respect for the person. The recession is hitting lots of people all over the world. A friend of mine recently experienced ‘the boot’ and these are his own words to me yesterday:
“Had a 10 minute phone call week before Christmas saying ‘thanks and bye.’ Still in fact not had anything in writing/P45 etc so I am not sure what is happening – other than looking for a job.”
That’s over a month with no word from the company!
I have said in various places in the last week or two that all managers should work within an ethical framework. This is yet another example of why I call for that.
To my mind there is just no excuse for such downright appalling bad manners and dreadful management practices. Whatever the circumstances are, no employee should be treated this way.
I started out this post with the word ‘scandalous’ but on reflection that is far too kind a word for such ignorant behaviour.
The NHS may have its problems but this sort of thing would never happen in the NHS. Professionalism in management does not end when a decision is made to ‘offload’ a person – it becomes even more important than ever before!
Why the hell do managers allow themselves to be tarnished with such bad practice?(because make no mistake you are tarnished by association)