How are Everything Everywhere REALLY dealing with job losses?
Yesterday, Bitterwallet ran a bizarre story about Everything Everywhere (the company founded by the gluing together of Orange and T-Mobile) which we had picked up from the Torygraph. It alleged that EE had informed workers whether or not they were going to be made redundant from a series of different-coloured lights displayed in mass meetings.
Everything Everywhere were quick to refute deny the accusations, and last night issued a statement which, among other things said:
“This sensationalist and insensitive portrayal of how we are dealing with this significant and serious proposed change to our business could not be further from the truth, and reports of the use of some kind of ‘light system’ to communicate to our employees is bizarre and incorrect”
“One of the many ways that we indicate the extent – or otherwise – of change is by using an indicative visual colour code. This, or variants of it, is a tool used across the HR industry when dealing with change of this scale and is designed to give employees total clarity about the extent of the proposed change for their teams at a glance, and allows them to clearly understand the impact on existing and proposed new roles, as well as what the next steps are for them.”
Oh, okay then. Someone made the whole thing up. Not according to an (anonymous) aid Bitterwallet reader, who commented thus....
I was at one of these briefings and it’s much like said… However, the best part of the story is that the slides where rendered in such a small font it was very hard to see your name, I was in a room with about 300 people and I only knew I was in a Blue Box after the meeting because one of my co-workers said he’d seen me.
My manager swears blind that he saw his name in 3 different slides, heading up 3 different teams.
It then took more than 24 hours for a different version of the slides to be distributed around the company so I could indeed confirm what colour box I was in.
But then, another avid reader (Herbert Fountain, which might not be his real name) popped up and said
“I heard this on Radio 4 yesterday and it is undoubtedly a great story, unfortunately it is complete twaddle.
I was in one of the meetings described and there were no flashing lights, no walkouts and no tears. The dreary reality is we saw a PowerPoint presentation on a proposed new organisational structure with fewer roles, it’s hard to believe there is anyone alive so innocent as to believe this was not going to be the upshot of two large companies merging.
The people I’ve come across who seem most upset are those wanting to go who think they’re unlikely to be picked for a pay off, the redundancy terms aren’t bad and both organisations have plenty of long servers, volunteers are not going to be in short supply.
I have very little faith in the humanity of my employer but this is balls and should be recognised as such, in three months time when the process has played out there will be a relatively small number of people out of a job who didn’t ask to go and those unfortunate few will not have been informed of the decision through the medium of flashing lights, charades or interpretative dance.”
Which leaves us here at Bitterwallet in our natural state – confused (and slightly tired). So... any more avid readers who were at one of these briefings who would like to share their version of events?