This CEO Started Crying While Firing Employees; Social Media Users Are Not Amused!
CEO, founders, entrepreneurs are generally the people who can sustain a lot of pressure without letting that passing to the employees. That is one thing which stands out for all the ideal entrepreneurs and executives.
In recent incident, a CEO took to Twitter wherein he was crying and that, well, did not go very well with netizens. Instead, the CEO was lambasted for such a thing.
Read the story to know more!
CEO of Hyper Social and Hyper Sphere, Braden Wallake shared a crying selfie with a guilt-ridden post about the recent layoffs in his company.
CEO, in his post, admitted his mistake of sticking with a decision that landed his employees in a difficult situation.
Guilt Ridden Post & Crying Photo
He wrote “This will be the most vulnerable thing I’ll ever share. I’ve gone back and forth whether to post this or not. We just had to layoff a few of our employees. I’ve seen a lot of layoffs over the last few weeks on LinkedIn. Most of those are due to the economy, or whatever other reason. Ours? My fault.”. Alongside this, he shared a picture of himself in tears.
He said that, resulting from one of his decisions, the layoffs were the most challenging thing he had ever done. Speaking of it, he said that he made the decision in February and stuck with that decision for far too long.
He said “Now, I know my team will say that ‘we made that decision together’, but I lead us into it. And because of those failings, I had to do today, the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. We’ve always been a people first business. And we always will be”.
He expressed his dismay over the layoff and said that “Days like today, I wish I was a business owner that was only money driven and didn’t care about who he hurt along the way. But I’m not. So, I just want people to see, that not every CEO out there is cold-hearted and doesn’t care when he/she have to lay people off.”
Without giving any exact number of employees being laid off by the company, he said that “I’m sure there are hundreds and thousands of others like me. The ones you don’t see talked about. Because they didn’t lay off 50 or 500 or 5000 employees. They laid off 1 or 2 or 3. 1 or 2 or 3 that would still be here if better decisions had been made. I know it isn’t professional to tell my employees that I love them. But from the bottom of my heart, I hope they know how much I do”.
He concluded his post with this message “Every single one. Every single story. Every single thing that makes them smile and every single thing that makes them cry. Their families. Their friends. Their hobbies. I’ve always hired people based on who they are as people. People with great hearts, and great souls. And I can’t think of a lower moment than this”.
The Post Received Mixed Reactions
As of now, post has received more than 31,300 reactions and over 500 shares. It has received mixed reactions in the comments.
Replying a comment which read “What was the decision you took February, what made you take that decision, and why were you ultimately wrong? That would be helpful,” he replied that “I plan to shine more light on this once the craziness dies down. Hold me to it.”
Another wrote, “I can’t fully judge because I don’t know everything you’ve done to try and avoid the layoffs, but I’ve lived on my own savings for a lot of months while making sure payroll was taken care of. In hard times, the person at the top is the one who should be willing to go without if need be.”
Comforting the CEO, a linkedin user wrote that “Please don’t be discouraged by the rude comments. Regardless of your intentions with the photo, I’m sure you are hurting and feeling a lot of guilt right now. I can only say that the people who were rude below would never have the courage to actually talk to you like that in person. On the contrary, they’d probably pat you on the back or talk about you behind your back. That’s the reality we live in.”