Terminated

It blew my fucking mind when I found out that this is standard procedure at many places when they shit can you. I’ve never witnessed it firsthand, but it’s gotta fucking suck.

In other news, All New Issues by Bill Ellis and Dani O’Brien just posted their 200th strip! To celebrate, Bill asked me to draw them a guest comic. It’s in shiny color! I guess it’s kind of a bad policy for me to do guest comics in color. I always imagine people being disappointed when the click on the link and see that my regular work is all depressingly gray. Someday, I hope to get back to doing real, big boy color. If I ever manage to make this a full time gig, maybe I’ll go full out with the RGB action. I don’t know.

Anyway, chances are if you like YP, you’ll love All New Issues. Congrats Bill and Dani!


  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    Yep, I’ve been there.

  • zanaga

    Just another mind game.  Just another reason that’s glad to see the back of Corporate.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FS7KO4KVFQJWVS5WUFMQFO7S7Y Richard

    We do that here. Fired, resignation, retirement whatever. Not by security, just by someone who still works here. Usually their line manager. You do have to take their pass off them so they can’t get back into a building they no longer work at. And they need their pass to get out, so I guess there are logistical considerations. It’s not to make ‘em feel bad.

  • Hamstadini

    The only reason I can think of for “terminating” the employees rather than “letting them go” in two weeks is because it affects their paychecks in some way.

  • Vortigar

    When a company fires you they have to give an official reason why, which can be fought in court. If you quit, the company has less paperwork and can’t be sued afterward.

    Plus, if you quit you take financial resposibility for your decision and have no rights to claim additional benefits (if eligible/existent of course). If a company fires you they are responsible and they have to contribute to the benefits unless the reason for firing was egregious (ie. theft, breach of contract, etc), which they’d have to prove as per paragraph #1.

    So, Steve is possibly going to cost the company money, by having them terminated instead of allowing them to quit. For one thing a layoff involves more paperwork by definition, so HR is probably not happy with this.
     
    American employment laws are a bit more skewed toward the employer over the employee than in the Netherlands but I think this still holds. Right? Getting stuck in a legal battle with a giant corporation isn’t a very fun prospect though.

    The things you learn from getting sacked. Yay…

  • http://forfoxsake.org/ Sarah

    My friend just walked out at his job because his boss was openly mocking him in front of others.  Turns out that the company tries to perserve its “wholesome” image by never firing/laying off employees, so they do what it takes to make them quit.  My friend was able to get unemployment because his boss admitted to the mocking thing, but now they company is fighting it so he might have to pay the unemployment back… there’s just so many ways a company can eff over an employee leaving :

  • http://ypcomic.com Jamie Noguchi

    That’s fucking evil!

  • http://ypcomic.com Jamie Noguchi

    That’s fucking evil!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aenya.silverleaf Aenya Hiri Silverleaf

     Unless Steve royally screws them over with some twisted reasoning on why they were no longer an asset to the company.

  • http://twitter.com/HSMagnet jeff poss

     hahahaha mid-level management i see. of course it it to humiliate them and to scare the beejesus out of the remaining trogs. you rush them so they forget things from their desk and other petty things

    i used to be a hatchet man.

  • Tophat

     Erm, if

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffrey-Nonken/100000212655986 Jeffrey Nonken

    Regarding the color guest strip: I’m trying to remember what’s wrong with black&white comics. Oh wait — NOTHING.

    When the comic becomes all about the art, it’s not a comic any more. Some of my favorite comics have art that ranges from mediocre to crappy. Yours is pretty good. The color? Color is great, but it doesn’t make a comic good. The story, the characters, the jokes… lots of things contribute to a good comic that have nothing to do with rods vs. cones. Hell, I’ve gotten a couple Asian-American friends interested just by mentioning the name. One said “Hell yeah, I’m interested in anything Asian” and Googled it before I could dig out the bookmark. Color? Meh. He couldn’t care less.

    I’m not saying you shouldn’t go color, you do that when and if. Just trying to be supportive here. Anybody who is disappointed at the B&W comic… probably wasn’t much of a fan to start with.

    To be honest, I never noticed it was a B&W comic until you mentioned it. :)

  • Lusus Naturae

    A bunch of us were progressively axed for not being “team players”, and all got frog-marched through the various departments with our dinky cardboard boxes.  We turned the tables though, laughing at the rest of the goons that were still stuck working for a slowly-sinking ship (and scheduling pub-crawls with the few plebes we did like).  Management couldn’t understand why we were so happy…

  • Really not me

    In the world of finance this is an understandable standard procedure when you leave for a competitor.  You’re access to lots and lots of money means it is safer to let you go.  There’s no stigma in being walked out, AND you get two weeks of paid vacation.  Not sure how it would work in the world of marketing.

  • workaway11

    Started in GWS, added in All New Issues, and just caught up with Yellow Peril. Aaaand all on company time, so who knows when I’ll be escorted of the premises… :)

    I liked the strip when they came back on Monday after the drag queen video launch, I have the exact same phone sitting on my desk and you drew it perfectly. Now I’m scared that my receiver is literally gonna bite my head off… ;)

  • MacDiver

    Actually, this could have gone worse.  One major video game company had a policy
    that while you were in the meeting where you were informed that you were
    terminated, security would be packing your belongings from your
    cubicle/office/whatever and just then escort the employee out.  This was done to prevent the employee from
    stealing office supplies, such as RAM out of the desktop computer.

  • http://ypcomic.com Jamie Noguchi

    Thank you for checking YP out! I’m a huge fan of GWS and ANI as well.