Investment firm accidentally fires entire workforce

By on April 22, 2012
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How often is it that you send an email and immediately after hitting the ‘send’ button you realize something was horribly wrong. Could be a glaring typo, or the wrong people were emailed, or weren’t at all.

Something similar happened when the HR department for Aviva, a UK based investment firm, sent an email out to one of their employees informing him that he’s been let go. Except that the email was sent to all the 1,300 people employed around the world by Aviva.

Source: Bllomberg

Aviva spokesperson Paul Lockstone confirmed the mix-up, saying, “It was intended that this email should have gone to one single person,” Lockstone told Bloomberg. “Unfortunately, as a result of a clerical error, it was sent to all of the Investors staff worldwide.”

The HR department soon realized their mistake and an email was sent to the rest (presumably 1,299) of the employees, notifying them to ignore the previous email.  “From time to time, things go wrong,” said Lockstone.


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