As an HR professional, you likely often tell employees that you really want the truth from them. But, as Jack Nicholson once famously asked in “A Few Good Men”, can you handle it? Better yet, you may need to decide whether you can handle the Truth Fairies™. They may be sending you a letter very soon!
Truth Fairies (www.truthfairies.com), a Chicago-based letter writing service founded in September 2009, believes that there are many things that need to be told to people, but that there wasn’t always a good avenue to deliver the truth (well, perceived truth) “without confrontation or angst.”
So for $9.95, an employee or co-worker can send a customized letter on elegant linen stationery to a designated recipient. The letter bears the Truth Fairies’ logo--a Pandora’s Box with the “good truth” (a cute sprite sprinkling fairy dust)—and the “bad truth” (a cigar-chomping mini-devil spewing flames)!
According to Owner and Chief Executive Officer Kelly Schaefer, hundreds of letters have been mailed; 30 percent are positive in nature, while 70 percent are negative.
The letter can be sent anonymously or with full disclosure of the sender. Schaefer says that currently 85 percent of letters are anonymous, while 15 percent are signed.
The service offers sample letters, ranging from notes of sincere thanks to “enough is enough” to—unfortunately—“take this job and shove it.”
Sample letters to the boss state “…you give us a hard time for being a few minutes late, yet you surf the ‘net all day. What’s that all about?” or “Your management skills suck—and so do you!”
SBT is not suggesting that HR pros use the service for things you hate to do as part of your job, such as disciplinary write ups. We are just forewarning you in case you are on the receiving end of such a letter. Then again, it could be a lovely “thank you”—but probably not.