A fire alarm rang
at 4 pm in a large office campus when almost all
employees were present (approx 5,000 people ).
As per past
fire-drill practices, the entire office was
quickly evacuated within 3 minutes, and all
employees gathered outside the complex in
designated areas waiting for further
Before long, the
fire drill officer in-charge made the following
broadcast over their loud-speakers system : "My
dear colleagues : With sincere regret, I have
been asked to announce that for many of you,
this will be your last evacuation drill with us.
Due to the on-going recession and bad business
climate, the company is laying off almost 50% of
its staff. 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 that you have been laid off, in which case
you will not be allowed inside, and all your
personal belongings will be couriered to you by
The company is
using this innovative, never-before approach as
we do not want to choke our email system with
lay-off notices and farewell messages going by
the thousands, and we also wish to avoid any
fighting inside the office and the consequent
security issues for all staff.
We hope you have
had a rewarding career with us. Now please move
back in… and good luck!