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Cloudflare Controversy – Employee’s Firing Video Sparks Debate on Termination Etiquette

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San Francisco-based cybersecurity firm Cloudflare is facing scrutiny after a recently-dismissed employee, Brittany Pietsch, recorded her termination call, which has now gone viral. Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince admitted to mistakes in the dismissal process, acknowledging the need for better handling of terminations.

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Pietsch, a recently-hired accounts executive, questioned the HR representative during the call, seeking an explanation for her termination despite receiving positive reviews from her manager. The video, viewed over 21 million times, revealed the vague nature of the explanation provided by the HR representative and a director unfamiliar to Pietsch.

The debate ignited by the video centers on whether Cloudflare’s actions constitute layoffs or terminations. The company maintains that the dismissal of around 60 employees was due to performance issues, not layoffs necessitated by company performance and cost-cutting measures.

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince responded to the controversy, admitting that the termination process could have been handled better. Prince emphasized the importance of managers being directly involved in terminations, stating, “HR should be involved, but it shouldn’t be outsourced to them.” He acknowledged that regular feedback should be given to underperforming employees to avoid surprises during the termination process.

Prince highlighted that getting fired doesn’t necessarily make someone a bad employee, as individuals may not always be the right fit for a particular organization. He expressed a commitment to improving the humane handling of such situations in the future.

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The Cloudflare controversy has ignited discussions about termination etiquette, employee feedback, and the role of management in the dismissal process.

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