Multilingual Business Communication

April 9, 2009

Bossnapping, the latest trend in negotiating

Filed under: employee communication, Laura Moerman — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 7:00 pm

You got sacked? Don’t just agree with that decision. Fight for your position and try bosnapping!

Over the last month, several French executives were kidnapped in their own offices. Managers  at Sony, the electronics giant, 3M, the Scotch-tape manufacturer, Caterpillar, the heavy equipment specialist, and Michelin, the tyre maker, have all been locked up by employees.

Three managers were locked up in a meeting room of Fiat Brussels today. A group of employees held them there for several hours. The reason for their action was the recently announced dismissal of 24 of the 90 employees.

bossnapping

Were they inspired by the latest French negotiating method? We can at least say that the Belgian Fiat employees didn’t study too much on the bossnapping trend, because their French counterparts thought just a bit bigger. They dealt more roughly with their managers in order to receive an acceptable severance package and… with results! After a horrible night in their offices, two hungry and dishevelled Préciturn execs caved in and signed a € 149,000 cheque.

So, there’s still a long way to go for Belgian bossnapping. Or should we hope not?

Laura Moerman

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1 Comment »

  1. I think the action of the Fiat-employees causes dangerous precedents. Luckily the trade unions ACV and ABVV condemned these kinds of actions (De Morgen, 11 April 2009).
    But I feel the companies are responsible as well. By not listening to their employees’ complaints earlier they are pushing them into taking extreme actions.

    Maud Bonte

    Comment by meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie — April 11, 2009 @ 7:56 pm


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