I know there have been companies that treated their employees worse, but still, this story is truly horrible.
Internet service and website company GoDaddy apologized to its employees for not having a Christmas party this year—pandemic you know—but announced with a cheery card that the company would make it up with a holiday bonus instead.
Who wouldn’t prefer a bonus to a party? All they had to do, they were told by the email from HappyHoliday@GoDaddy.com,
…was to click on a a link asking them them to verify their identity by entering their company login credentials. About 500 eager employees signed up.
A few days later, they received another email from the company informing them that they had flunked a company phishing test. The bonus offer was fake, and because they had fallen for it, they would have to attend a remedial class on Internet security.
If fact, GoDaddy didn’t give out any bonuses this year.
What’s wrong with GoDaddy’s conduct?
This is signature significance for a corrupt and Machiavellian organization. I am filing this under Ethics Dunce, Worst Employers Of The Decade, and Maybe Marx Was Right After All.
1. The company lied to its employees.
2. It promised them money, during the time of year when money is especially tight and concen over finances cause a lot of stress.
3. It used a fake apology for the absence of a holiday party to bait the scam, meaning that the apology was a lie as well.
4. It exploited the Christmas holidays, not to embrace the spirit of Christmas, but to use it to suck in those who trusted their superiors and their good will.
5. It then punished the employees who believed the company’s communication.
6. Management demonstrated an ethics vacuum, showing no concern for human beings (a Golden Rule breach,) using people as a means to an end, and showing that the company’s management believes the ends justify the means.
7. GoDaddy, in short, proved itself completely untrustworthy with dead ethics alarms, so untrustworthy, in my view, that the SEC should investigate its operations with special zeal. A company the would treat its own employees like lab rats is capable of anything.
8. After the company’s employees expressed their anger at the stunt, GoDaddy apologized. That’s a perfect example of an apology that must not be accepted unless it is accompanied by reparations. I’d say twice the promised bonus might do it. Otherwise, employees should assume the company is just sucking them in to harm them later.
If I worked for a company that did this to me, or was an executive who learned that the company pulled such a despicable cheat on some of its employees, I would quit. I would quit even if the company relented and paid a bonus. Continuing to work for an abusive, untrustworthy company is the equivalent of a spouse who was beaten up by his or her partner continuing in the relationship. If one stays after that kind of treatment, he or she surrenders dignity, self-respect, autonomy and safety.
Pointer: Rick McNair