FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - RadioShack Corp. (RSH)
notified about 400 workers by e-mail that they were being dismissed
immediately as part of planned job cuts.
Employees at the Fort Worth headquarters got messages Tuesday
morning saying: "The work force reduction notification is currently
in progress. Unfortunately, your position is one that has been
Company officials had told employees in a series of meetings that
layoff notices would be delivered electronically, spokeswoman Kay
Jackson said. She said employees were invited to ask questions
before Tuesday's notification on a company intranet site.
Derrick D'Souza, a management professor at the University of
North Texas, said he had never heard of such a large number of
terminated employees being notified electronically. He said it could
be seen as dehumanizing to employees.
"If I put myself in their shoes, I'd say, 'Didn't they have a few
minutes to tell me?'" D'Souza said.
Laid-off workers got one to three weeks pay for each year of
service, up to 16 weeks for hourly employees and 36 weeks for those
with base bay of at least $90,000, the company said.
The company announced Aug. 10 that it would cut 400 to 450 jobs,
mostly at headquarters, to cut expenses and "improve its long-term
competitive position in the marketplace." RadioShack has closed
nearly 500 stores, consolidated distribution centers and liquidated
slow-moving merchandise in an effort to shake out of a sales slump.
Shares of RadioShack rose 21 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $18.13 in
midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.