Workers across Europe are on tenterhooks these days, with all the talk of debt crises and such. So it was a dark day indeed for 1,300 workers at Aviva Investors, the asset management arm of the U.K. insurance company, when they opened a company e-mail on Friday to find out they had been fired. Please hand over your passwords and any company property and leave the building, they were told.
The only problem: Just one unfortunate soul was supposed to get the message. Oops.
The Telegraph newspaper has the details:
There was a stunned silence at the London headquarters as staff across the division read the unsympathetic memo—intended for just one employee. It instructed all Aviva Investor workers to hand over company property and security passes on their way out of the building and submit all electronic passwords. The terse communication reminded staff not to spill any company secrets.
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