In a large multinational company..............A fire alarm rang at 4 PM in a large headquarters office when almost all employees were in office (approx 1,000).
As usual the entire office was evacuated within 3 mins & all employees gathered outside the office in the designated car park area waiting for further announcement.
The Adminstrative Officer Ashole Lim in charge made the following announcement: "Dear employees - with sincere regret I have been asked to announce that for many of you it will be your last evacuation drill. Due to the recession, the company is laying off almost 20% of our employees. So when this announcement finishes, I ask all of you to move back into the building and if your swipe card does not work then it means you have been laid off in which case you will not be allowed inside and all your belongings will be deliverred to you by tomorrow.
The Company has used this approach as we didn't want to fill up the email box with lay-off mails and all sort of junk good bye mails in thousands, and also to avoid any fight inside the office and the consequent security issue for all senior managers. Hope you have had a rewarding career with us and all the best ahead.
Please move back in & try your luck".