HR Strange But True!
February 01, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can get downright strange...

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In a videotape of an Enron staff meeting held on Oct. 23 - just as the former energy giant began to unravel - soon-to-be-former Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay is shown reading aloud from some of the questions submitted by employees. One of them demanded to know if he was on crack.

"I would like to know if you are on crack," Lay read. "If so that would explain a lot, if not you may want to start because it's going to be a long time before we trust you again."

Lay's response: "I think that's probably not a very happy employee, and that's understandable."

The staff meeting happened just days after Enron reported its first quarterly loss in over four years, after taking charges of $1 billion on poorly performing businesses. It made the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history on Dec. 2.

In the video, Lay, who recently quit, apologized to his workers and promised to get back money they lost when the company's share price plummeted. "Let me say right up front, I am absolutely heartbroken about what's happened both over the last few months and more importantly the last several days," he told glum-faced employees.

Source: Reuters

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