Aviva's Mass-Mail Blunder Shows Us Why You Shouldn't Fire People By Email

By Sam Gibbs on at

Imagine being the blithering idiot who writes up a “you’re fired” email and then hits the send-to-everyone button. I cringe just at the thought, but that’s exactly what an HR person at Aviva managed to do, telling over 1,300 employees – Aviva’s entire investment global workforce -- to pack up and get the hell out.

The email politely told them to turn over all company property and to not let the door hit them on the way out with a "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and wish you all the best for the future" to send them on their way. Minutes later, as the entire London Aviva headquarters sat in stunned silence, an extremely grovelling email from HR explained that it was all a big mistake, and that the recent announcement of restructuring didn’t mean everyone was out on their arses.

Mistakes happen, normally because that damned “reply to all” button is just so tempting, but hell – at least one person is going to get fired in all this, and it may just end up being someone from HR. [The Telegraph]

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