During a mandatory meeting for employees held January 5th Kelly-Moore chief executive Charles Gassenheimer took just 15-minutes to explain the company's financial condition to his Zoom assembled staff.
After his “presentation,” Gassenheimer abruptly ended the meeting without taking any questions from the people whose lives he was about to disrupt.
Less than 30-minutes later more than half of the company’s 1,200 employees were furloughed via email as Kelly-Moore announced the immediate suspension of plant operations–plans which mister Gassenheimer was certainly aware of when he met his employees face-to-face just minutes earlier.
There are some who might argue that THE omission does not constitute lying, though I don’t count myself among them. But whether a lie by omission or just the actions of a cowardly chief executive the omission adds heft to a growing list Gassenheimer's ethical shortcomings!
One week later at Charles Gassenheimer’s direction Kelly-Moore Human Resources emailed the company's remaining employees, this time to announce that they were suspending all operations and beginning an “orderly wind down” of the company.
Putting the words orderly wind down in quotation marks, as if the employees were in on the joke!.
THE email went on to promise that “instructions about health care” will be included in termination packages; though since all health care coverage was terminated effective yesterday, it seems those instructions were limited to “suck it!”
And it was Charles Gassenheimer, who told employees retained after the furlough to sell-off the inventory no matter the price to fund their own ongoing employment according to multiple sources who confirmed THE unethical scheme.
The Kelly-Moore affair continues to lay waste to my retirement with hours spent daily speaking with former employees, landlords, vendors–and other victims of this action. Some of that time is spent organizing my plans for more content on this topic including several podcasts already in the works.
I continue the effort to connect job seekers with jobs causing my LinkedIn profile to double as an employment agency! That “influence” prompting multiple paint manufacturers to offer spiffs for helping them fill jobs.
Which I declined, not wanting to mix commerce with my advocacy on behalf of Kelly-Moore employees.
Though THE tipping was appreciated!
There’s a setting on LinkedIn which allows members of business’ social network to view a connection’s profile without exposing their identity.
THE private browsing setting is crucial for members who can’t control their online creeping and is particularly useful when you yearn to take a second (third or fourth) look at another member’s profile, without alerting your target of your lack of restraint.
To avoid exposure and the humiliation that could bring 25% of all LinkedIn searches are performed while browsing in private mode, the setting leaving scant evidence of obsession.
Absent private browsing the profile you visit will get more information: who you are, where you work, your current position and how often you visited the profile.
Which may lead to awkward disclosures.
It's hard to say when professional interest becomes creepy behavior, but this etiquette blogger says that more than five visits to a profile in a week and you are bordering on being an internet stalker.
So I'm sure eight visits leaves little doubt!