The good times just keep on coming for the poor souls over at Research in Motion. Just when it seems things have hit rock bottom (well, short of the company actually folding), along comes a fresh setback to plunge the company even deeper in the mire.
The latest round of bad publicity involves another delay to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which is now only expected to land next year. But not to worry, RIM has the solution to help its employees turn that frown upside down: six-day working weeks and no holidays.
To be fair, you can sort of see where RIM is coming from. It knows it's dropped the ball in a big way, and pretty much needs BB10 to be a sure-fire winner, and as quickly as possible too.
It also knows it has a relatively loyal user base and workforce, so the rallying cry reported by the Ottawa Citizen for the whole company to pull together, putting in extra hours and postponing holidays till the new platform is out the door, does make some sense – on the surface, anyway.
“The successful launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform, and the delivery of high quality, full-featured BlackBerry 10 smartphones, remains the company’s No. 1 priority,” the Citizen reports a RIM spokesperson as saying, “and we’re incredibly proud of the commitment shown by all RIM employees as we work toward this goal.”
But while that's all well and good. we suspect the large numbers of former RIM employees who have lost their jobs thanks to large-scale cuts over the past year or two were just as committed, and look where that got them.
Viewed in that light, the call for everyone to knuckle down and go the extra mile leaves a bad taste in the mouth. The RIM workforce is already stretched to the very limit, with employees having to take on ever-increasing workloads to compensate for all the empty chairs around them thanks to the actions and decisions of the very RIM executives now trying to rally the troops.
Must be a great place to work right now...