“This is entirely inconsistent with those values, which is why their manager fired them. It's also worth noting that we don't proactively monitor Slack or email. The Slack channel was open so anyone could access the conversations even though the employees concerned thought it was private. “
Netflix’s Co-CEO went on to say that “these decisions are always tough and always sad”.
He added: “But having a healthy culture requires hard decisions, which is why managers don’t shy away from them at Netflix.”
The news of these reported sackings has seen many weigh in on social media about whether this was the right decision, and how ‘venting can be a good thing’.
One person took to LinkedIn writing: “If it was simple venting about a shared frustration (rather than abusive or disparaging)....would they rather have their employees flush it out on anonymous review sites like glassdoor? Why punish employees to this extent (or...at all)?
"It's a missed opportunity to take negative feedback and use it to create an open and authentic conversation about what's been bothering the employees, and how they can all move forward. It's also taking away a certain level of emotional trust and safety from all other employees to know that they could be fired for sharing their opinions/unfavorable feedback.”
On the other hand, others thanked him for sharing greater clarity. One wrote: “It’s always a balance when making decisions and leaders have to be willing to stand behind their reasons and you are - well done.”
Another wrote that “venting can be a good thing”. They continued: “If you and your co-workers all see you're complaining about the same action from your boss, that can lead to someone finally addressing it, and change being made.”
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