How bad is morale at your company? Even if it is pretty bad it doesn’t seem like it could possibly be as bad as it is at Tate Publishing & Enterprises.
Based in Mustang, OK, the Christian book and music publisher fired 25 people on Thursday amid rumors the company plans to lay off most of its staff in favor of outsourcing work to the Philippines.
Listen to a taped conversation of President Ryan Tate addressing employees. The meeting starts with a prayer and degenerates from there with threats and terminations.
In a recording of an employee meeting held this week obtained from a Tate employee by The Journal Record, Tate threatened to sue staff members and file liens against their houses and cars if they violated their employee contracts by talking to the media or sharing information about the company on Facebook and Twitter.
In the recording, Ryan Tate said he would fire 25 production workers after no one came forward to take responsibility for the anonymous email sent out to employees on Sunday that decried the rumored layoffs. At times he sounded tearful.
“Good people are going to lose their jobs – it’s not fair,” Ryan Tate said in the recording. “It’s not right, but that’s the reality of the situation. Jesus himself is the perfect mix of mercy, grace and justice. I have probably failed you in that I have been a little too lenient and a little too on the side of mercy and grace and not on the side of justice.”
What an awful way to handle things at a business calling itself Christian. The fact that an employee recorded the meeting and sent it to the news media shows how badly things had degenerated at the company.
It is going to take a long, long time for Tate to rehabilitate its brand image to the public.