Patch Laid Off a Bunch of People Over the Phone

Matt Burns, at TechCrunch:

The ax came down at Patch today. TechCrunch has confirmed that a number of Patch employees were let go this morning with another round of layoffs happening later today. We’re hearing hundreds were laid off, focused mainly around editorial staffing. Employees are being told to pack their virtual desks and clear the premises today.

If you haven't listened to Jim Romenesko's audio recording of the teleconference, take the time to do so. It must have been difficult for those people to hear their jobs being eliminated in a short 1m 30s.

I've said it before, folks: treat employees with respect, especially when firing them.