I guess I could say I once got laid off from a retail management job with a “friendly firing”.
It was at a meeting of all the store managers in Northern California, in the last week of February.
I’ll never forget the regional manager’s announcement…
this is only slightly paraphrased:
Your shop won the prize for most improved sales, company wide, over the Valentine’s Day holiday period.
A $35 restaurant gift card for each associate!
And you yourself got the best score in the company from our secret shoppers in February… a $25 bonus for you!"
(Suddenly serious expression… )
“But all our California retail shops are closing by March 30th… yours will be first, on March 1st.”
That was 10 days before my shop closed… but she said I’d be working, packing up, through March 3rd.
Then she told all the other managers in the room what dates their stores would close.
No build-up; no warning.
Congratulations, everybody… and BTW… goodbye.
Then I had to tell all my associates the next day…
you each get a $35 gift card…we have to pick a restaurant…
and, um, in 10 days you’re all out of work."