Tonight’s second part of “Does Someone Have to Go?” the company involved, VMS (Velocity Merchant Services) gave control of the family-owned company over to their employees in this episode titled “VMS, Part 2 of 2.”
Last week’s premiere episode gave the employees control over the company as they were forced to answer the question; “Does Someone Have to Go?” When the votes were cast, each employee was on the edge of their seat. When the final three were announced, it was the lowest-paid employee, the mother of the company owner and the person who was tagged a slacker.
Each of the three employees must now fight for their job, while emotions are still raw. As the three individuals were sharing their feelings with fellow employees, some were getting tips and others were receiving more ridicule. They had to write the reasons why they should not lose their job, get a demotion or just keep their job with stipulations.
The person labeled a slacker gave his appeal first. He stated that he wanted to be there, and had been requesting the proper software to do his job better since he was hired. He is in collections, a hard job when he has no phone numbers nor access to their whereabouts. He works another job besides the one at VMS and has a burning desire to do a good job.
The lowest-paid employee was next. He had years of sales experience, and they felt he talked too much. He expressed that he wanted to become a training manager, but the employees felt that he had to prove himself with sales first.
Next, the mother of the owner gave her appeal. She was there from the beginning. She explained to the group how difficult it was to start from the bottom up. Her associate felt that she blamed her for things that were not her fault. Her son was one of the people in the room and finally had to get up and leave. This is his mother, and he does not want to be a part of seeing her on trial. The rest of the group were in tears as they listened to her put her heart on the line.
Now it was up to the group. When the husband and wife owners came to see what the decisions were, they had no idea which were chosen. When they heard who was picked, the wife was surprised that her mother was one of the three. The head of marketing spoke up and said that she voted for the mother. The husband was proud of her decision and lauded her for her purely business decision.
Each member of the three was brought into the conference room to hear the final decision. First, the person labeled a slacker received a second chance, he received the software he has been asking for and ninety days to prove himself.
The mother of the owner was next. The owner was appalled that her mother was on the chopping block. They did not feel that the hours she worked were equal to the salary she received and they wanted to cut her pay by $20,000 and make her abide by firm hours. The owner was very upset and started regretting her decision to let the employees take over. In the end, her pay was cut by $20,000, and her hours were set. Although her daughter regretted the decision, she understood that it was purely for the right reasons.
Next, the lowest-paid employee came in to face the music. They already made the decision to fire him. As he heard all the negatives, he decided to make a last-minute plea and saved his job for the next ninety days.
After the three month period was over, the mood in the company was positive. Sales were increased by 20%, and the smiles were unending for all but one. The person labeled a slacker left VMS after two months, and is now working for another company. Good luck to him and the rest of the employees at VMS. What will happen at another company who allows their employees to make these decisions? Tune in to the next episode of “Does Someone Have to Go?”
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