As the US was bracing itself for the impact of Hurricane Irma in its east coast, one company was busy telling its employees to be ready… with all the caution – well, not to protect them or the community from the eventual impact of the hurricane itself, but to make sure that the stores of the pizza chain continue to be business prepared, will all the needed supplies!
Other than the cursory mention that employees must be safe, the focus of the internal memo clearly was to get the employees back to work in double quick time, despite whatever be the impact of Hurricane Irma.
“Give your contact numbers” so that we are sure of your safety after the storm, clearly is saying “forget your welfare, we want to know if you are alive and kicking to get back to work”?!
“But we also have the responsibility to be available for the community when they most need us” – aint’ like Pizza Hut is throwing it open for people to get to safety, but to be sure they don’t miss out of selling a few slices of Pizza, even if it means the aftermath of a deadly hurricane??
And nothing to beat this – “in the event of an evacuation, you MUST return in 72 hours”. Who on earth puts such employment conditions, when you ought to be concerned about the safety of the employee and their family?
Best to conclude that Pizza Hut was bloody insensitive in sending out such a communication! and needless to say, revenues rule even at the cost of lives?
By the way, which sane manager writes such inhumane messages? Does Pizza Hut have any SOP for internal communication, and employee safety – real and not lip service??