Speaking from his Napa Valley vineyard home, Cyrus Massevala made a short but emotional speech via conference screen to the 800 telesales employees of VerdenForce, the travel company he founded five years ago.
“You know I like to think of us as one big, happy family,” the CEO began, “and that’s why I want to fire you all at the same time”
“So as of 11.30 eastern standard time, we’re all going to begin an exciting new adventure. Farewell.”
As a private security force began clearing the workforce from the building, floor by floor, Dale Granger told Ellen Haskell it was just as well.
“Every year he said no to a raise and then started with the happy family thing. My wife always said, if we get any happier, we won’t be able to pay the mortgage.”