In September, Rupert Murdoch purchased the majority shares in National Geographic, making the legendary publication a new “sister” (perhaps step-sister) to Murdoch’s beloved Fox News. Obviously, with such a major change in ownership, and the history of lies that IS Fox News journalism – fans of the scientific magazine feared the fate of the legendary publication.
Unfortunately, we now know what some of the award-winning staff received from such a deal – pink slips.
It is reported that the layoff cut 180 of the 2,000 associates – a nine percent reduction in staff, which is the largest to ever hit the 127-year-old organization. Washington Post reports that layoffs hit nearly every department within the society which includes the print publication and television channel. So, this comes as little surprise:
Several people in the channel’s fact-checking department, for example, were terminated on Tuesday, employees said.
Yeah, that’s not so shocking. We know how valued fact-checkers are at Fox News and how much credence they place on things like “science” and “knowledge.”
What IS shocking though is the manner in which the employees were notified of these major life changes. In an email sent to all employees, CEO Gary Knell wrote:
To all NGS Staff:
After very careful and serious consideration, we are ready to communicate how our restructuring and transformation will affect each employee at National Geographic. To that end, please make every effort to be available tomorrow, November 3rd, either in your regular work location, and/or by phone.
If you are traveling for business, on vacation or plan to be out for any other reason, please notify Tia Freeman-Evans or Yvonne Perry in HR immediately, so we can make alternative plans to get in touch with you. If you know that someone on your staff will be out of the office on November 3rd, please let Tia or Yvonne know by 3 p.m. (Eastern) today, as well.
Please watch your inbox for important information about your employment status tomorrow. [Emphasis added]
I cannot thank you enough for your patience and hard work over the last few months. I am proud of how our teams and our organization have approached and responded to this transitional period. Looking ahead, I am confident National Geographic’s mission will be fulfilled in powerful, new and impactful ways, as we continue to change the world through science, exploration, education and storytelling.
Because that’s how it is done now? Watch your inbox? I realize it’s business and it’s “not personal” but isn’t it quite personal for the nearly 200 people who were losing their jobs that day? Hell, this manner of communicating such a life change is only a nose ahead of posting it on the bulletin board in the break room or just locking employees out of the building.
However, they may actually be the lucky ones. Layoffs are just the beginning of the changes for associates at the National Geographic Society. Paul Farhi of The Washington Post concludes his article:
In addition to the layoffs and buyouts, the National Geographic Society said it would freeze its pension plan for eligible employees, eliminate medical coverage for future retirees and change its contributions to an employee 401(k) plan so that all employees receive the same percentage contribution.
Yep. Another company that went to the douchebags. So long, National Geographic. It was absolutely wonderful while it lasted. We will miss you.
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