It might seem like an age ago, but we had an election a couple of weeks ago. That election got rather heated, with one reseller threatening to give employees the boot if they voted Labour, and now a rival of the firm has poked fun with a billboard van that has “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” written on the side.
The temper tantrum of Storm Technology MD John Brooker saw him send a company-wide email that made his feelings clear: “Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win and things slow down.
“VOTE CONSERVATIVE if you believe in free enterprise and progression without being taxed out of the game.”
While this caused a bit of a ruckus, Dexter Gaul, MD of Hosted-IT, used it as an opportunity to go on a literal recruitment drive and parked the bus outside of Storm’s HQ.
Speaking to The Register, Gaul said that the effort was driven by the company’s belief in “both our customers and employees exercising their right to vote freely”.
The internal email was originally leaked by the GMB trade union, with the boss quick to attempt to put out the fire by putting out a statement that it was "was totally meant in jest".
"The email was a ‘tongue in cheek’ note sent immediately after a large group of my staff and I were having a joke in the company canteen on the day of the election. No offence was intended, nor was there any threat whatsoever levelled at staff. This was nothing more than ‘internal banter’ now completely taken out of context.
"Obviously in hindsight I regret any offence this has caused and have reiterated to all my staff the respect I have for their political views and opinions."
Rather unsurprisingly the company followed this all up by shuttering its social media accounts.