November 18, 2008

SiPort shooting after lay-off (Update 11/17/2008) “The reports of layoffs at SiPort, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that prompted killing of three executives are wrong, according to a statement issued by the company. Like me, everyone assumed that there were layoffs and that led to the shooting. Last week Silicon Valley was shocked by the shooting of three SiPort executive by alleged killer, Jing Hua Wu who is currently under arrest by the Santa Clara Police Department. Wu was terminated individually and not as part of a general layoff.”

Full story “SiPort Honors Victims – Trusted Entrepreneurs and Valued Colleagues

San Jose Mercury News: “Companies can take precautions to prevent workplace violence“:”

  • Don”t fire people on Fridays. Angry workers have all weekend to stew and can”t do anything about finding a new job.
  • Don”t let a fired employee back in the building.
  • Make sure everyone who controls access to the building knows who has been terminated.
  • Consider hiring a security consultant to handle layoffs.” ~ SJ Mercury News
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