September 09, 2011
"You're Fired" -- Now What?
The dismissal of Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz made news this week -- not only because she was a very visible chief executive at a huge and influential company, but also because of the way Bartz handled her firing -- in a brief email to the company that reportedly said:
I am very sad to tell you that I have just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with you, and I wish you all the best going forward.
Career experts have been divided on the appropriateness of this two-sentence email -- perhaps because the two sentences are very different. The first second is a pretty clear jab at person who did the firing (over the phone). The second sentence is an appropriate and professional farewell to her former colleagues.
So what's the appropriate response when you've just been fired? Of course, it can be a huge blow, but it's important to make sure you act thoughtfully -- so you don't do something you'll regret later. For most of us, that would mean waiting before sending a company-wide email.
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A CEO being fired over the phone? That sounds like a bad breakup. If it really happened that way it's certainly not very professional but it appears Yahoo's days are almost over anyway. Still, it's not the right way to conduct business. Let's hope a lot of companies take note.
Posted by: Jeff | Sep 10, 2011 1:43:00 AM
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