Executive Accidentally Reveals Layoffs in Reply All Nightmare

Image: AP
Image: AP

The Wall Street Journal wants a “substantial number” of newsroom employees to take a buyout, editor-in-chief Gerard Baker announced to his staff in a memo sent to WSJ staff Friday morning.

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According to Politico, Ed Finn—the president of Barron’s, also owned by WSJ’s parent company, Dow Jones—“apparently meant to forward Baker’s email to Barron’s executives in order to discuss what impact the Journal layoffs might have on forthcoming layoffs (which had not yet been publicly announced) at Barron’s.”

But he allegedly accidentally clicked “reply all” instead of “forward,” so Barron’s employees received an email with the Wall Street Journal’s announcement with the following note:

The email Gerry Baker just sent about wsj buyouts says that dj is offering 1.5x the standard buyout package. Are we planning to go to the employees we are laying off at Barron’s next week and offer them 1x the standard package. That could create some problems. Please advise.

Oops.

Finn confirmed to Politico by email, “It was a mistake.”

Accidents happen all the time. What’s your reply all horror story? Did you accidentally send your entire office some gnarly shit talk? Alienate family members? Destroy lives? Tell us, in the comments.

[Politico]

Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.

DISCUSSION

So here’s what I do to keep from being your next reply-all headliner:

Move the reply-all button.

You know they are customizable, right? Get it out of there. I’ve put mine way over on the right side of that ribbon near a bunch of others I hardly ever use. My reply and forward buttons tuck in nice and cozy together and muscle memory leads me there nicely, just like it did for Ed Finn. When I actually want to reply all (which is rare), I find myself almost having to look for the button as if it were lost.

Make it a motion that’s different from the reply/forward buttons and muscle memory will save you, too.