Ohio Police Officers Caught in Pink Slip Blunder

layoffsEvery office drone can relate to the cubicle warriors depicted in the popular 1990's movie 'Office Space' including stapler-obsessed Milton who was never properly let go from the company.

Pink slips not reaching their intended recipient is not just a comedy skit, as six police offices from Akron, Ohio found out. Layoff notices sent out to officers Wednesday morning in Akron were mistakenly sent to the wrong six officers, due to the city miscalculating seniority points.

CIty officials of Akron quickly fixed the error and scrambled to recalculate seniority points as they continued to send out notices of employment to a total of 40 officers.

This pink slip blunder is rare but not unheard of during large lay-offs at companies and organizations. Cutting staff is a delicate situation but some executives find themselves in even more hot water due to miscommunications and oversights.

Jackson Memorial Hospital handed out notices to 100 workers this past May, only for the union to realize that the hospital was not abiding by proper procedures that allowed senior members to "bump" others from jobs. The hospital reevaluated the layoff list after the workers' union pointed out such errors.

Less than two years before that, media network The Carat agency accidentally sent out an email regarding upcoming lay-offs to the entire staff instead of a select few. The European agency was planning to cut employees in the States but instead of keeping the secretive emails between execs, the private conversation was instead sent to the entire company. The Carat agency apologized for the mistake and blamed it on human error.

Companies try their best when following through on staff cuts but mistakes are inevitable especially when large numbers of employees are being let go. Employees who are caught in a pink slip blunder like the police offers in Akron can help the organization fix the mistake by offering support to the laid off workers and remaining professional despite the unorganized situation.

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MIKE

They can layoff all of the cops, they don't make a dent in crime anyway. All they do is harass beople trying to go to work and come home from work and waste all the gasoline they can. The only good thing about cops is that they keep people in the doughnut industry employed!!

September 05 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edith Ann

Yes, I'm also the virgin Mary.

September 05 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roger Garrett

Laying off people based merely on seniority? What a stupid idea. How about factoring in effectiveness, efficiency, experience, education, importance of the particular position. With a seniorty-only basis the managers get security andthe worker bees, who probably do the most of the actual work, get let go. Yeah, real smart.

September 05 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
p

My company downsized from 250 to 20 in one day. Ouch. Felt sorry for those let go.

September 05 2010 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rob

thank wall street, goldman sachs , bernaske, gietner, and the republicans , sooner or later the cops will wake up and realize just who the bad guys are

September 05 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anne

I recently left Akron, Ohio for another state. The reason: they charge a state income tax yet the entire state is in total disrepair and pretty much poverty stricken. I gladly moved south to warm weather and no state income tax. My question: Ohio where is all the taxes you collect? I am not at all surprised you fired city workers.

September 05 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MJM

Yes, Akron and Cleveland are in disrepair ... what did the cities and counties do with all our money when the economy was booming? Oh, that's right ... gave out more free housing, free utilities, free health care and food stamps.

Like you,I'm out of Ohio next year and headed for Florida (no state income tax, no city tax AND lower property taxes!!!!! What's this mean??? .... about a 10% raise.

If you are able to move, get the the heck out of this dying area.

September 05 2010 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dino

?seniority pints?...I must remember to check my own supply.

September 05 2010 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Hurt

Dear Mr. Obama,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for furlough. Your last day will be January 20, 2012. On that day, Mr. Newt Gingrich will move into the oval office. The desk will be removed, and President Reagan's desk will be moved in. You make keep the rug.

September 05 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gary

Well said and I agree totally

September 05 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
i\'mjustsayin\'

You made no sense. How would Gingrich take office in January 2012 when the election for the next presidential term is not until November 2012? The next presidential term begins in January 2013.

Keep drinking the juice, dork.

September 05 2010 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

oops....seniority points....duh

September 05 2010 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I think that one more pink slip should be issued....to the person who miscalculated the senority points. That is a serious blunder.

September 05 2010 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
D

", due to the city miscalculating seniority pints." Either she can't spell, or the officers were heavy drinkers.

September 05 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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