I was fired by email – do I have the right to know why?

I was fired by email - do I have the right to know why?
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What about those tech companies that are firing everyone remotely? I received my pink slip from the Meta email with instructions on how to return my gear, badge, collect severance, unemployment, etc., and didn’t speak to any human beings. My exit interview also took place via an automated system. I don’t even know why I was fired. Don’t I have the right to know?

Hello. Welcome to the GoToGreg robot. I can answer most questions you have in our automated system. . . I don’t take the loss of your job lightly, I simply amplify the effect of the lack of human contact you describe. Many companies grew too quickly, betting that their financial performance would support rising hiring, salaries and lavish benefits. And with such scale and dispersion across the globe, it’s difficult and time-consuming to have human interaction, because there are thousands of people they want to get off the payroll ASAP to start saving money as quickly as possible. It doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t feel great, and the impact on culture and employer brand will be felt by surviving employees and potential new hires for years.

I Work at home. I love my job, but it’s stressful, and I need my Marlboro psychics to get through the day. If I smoke a cigarette at home during the workday, is it a violation of company policy? What if I smoke on a Zoom call?

I would question your choice of activity to relieve your stress. Carcinogenic sticks aren’t just bad for looks, but bad for your overall health – read the package. That said, whatever you do in your own home off-camera is your business. Once the camera is on, however, it’s show time, baby – you’re “at work” and your employer has the right to regulate how you present and engage wherever you are. So all the things you wouldn’t do in a regular meeting you shouldn’t do in a Zoom meeting, and that includes smoking, napping, drinking, or chewing gum – my personal pet peeve because chewing on camera is magnified so much that it should be accompanied by moo music.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources manager. Listen to Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: [email protected] Follow: GoToGreg.com and on
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