Investment Company Accidently Fires Entire Staff By Email- Tech Thursday
For as much as technology makes our lives easier and more convenient, mistakes can and do happen, and this one is a doozy! A story at International Business Times, said an investment company based in London sent out an email informing their entire staff staff of 1,300, that there services were no longer needed. But the email was only intended for one person.
It all went down a few Fridays ago, when employees of Avia Investments walked into their offices, sat down at their desks and booted up their computers. When they checked their email, they had a message that thanked them for their service and wished them luck in the future, as well as to turn in their pass keys with their manager.
The email went on to say, "I am required to remind you of your contractual obligations to the company you are leaving.." and also reminded them, "You have an obligation to retain any confidential information pertaining to Aviva Investors operations, systems and clients."
It took about 25 minutes for the HR department to catch on and send an email about the problem, followed by a third email apologizing for the mistake to everyone. Paul Lockstone, a spokesperson for Aviva said, "People were pretty quickly aware of the fact that this was a mistake. I don't believe any of our staff would have seen it really as anything other than the mistake that it was." Lockstone went on to say that Aviva's quick actions to correct the issue made sure that no employees were truly offended. No word on the one employee the email was originally meant for.
I guess we'll file this in the "Ooopsies" file then.