The chief executive officer of a company who fired 900 employees over Zoom has apologised after being slammed for the heartless act.
Vishal Garg, CEO of better.com, went viral last week after telling the mass of staff, just a few weeks before Christmas, that they were part of an “unlucky group” who were being sacked “effective immediately”.
And he did it in one mass Zoom call.
A recording of the astonishing event went viral online, which was exacerbated a few days later when an old email from the man showed how he called staff “lazy” and accused them of “stealing”.
But in a hasty apology, brought about by a wave of social media-fuelled anger, he said: “I want to apologise for the way I handled the lay-offs last week.
“I failed to show the appropriate amount of respect and appreciation for individuals who are affected and for their contributions to Better.
“I own the decision to do the lay-offs, but in communicating I blundered the execution.
“In doing so, I embarrassed you.
“The way I communicated this news made a difficult situation worse, and I am deeply sorry – I am committed to learning from the situation.”
He added that he was “grateful” for what the now-sacked staff did for the company, and will explain more during an all-staff meeting in a few weeks time.
It was, however, not the first time the Mr Garg had come under fire for the way he speaks to staff.
Last year, Forbes released leaked emails from him which said: “You are TOO DAMN SLOW. You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS… SO STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE EMBARRASSING ME.”
The context of the email is unknown, but it has added to the outcry over the Zoom sacking.
The company is a digital mortgage lender, and is valued at around £5billion.
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