Target, the country’s third largest retailer, has announced it will cut 1,400 jobs from its Twin Cities’ headquarters. Falling sales, losses from an unsuccessful expansion into Canada and last year’s massive data breach have been cited as reasons for the downsizing.
Several headquarters employees have sent anonymous emails to the online site Gawker.com describing dysfunctionaland poor morale in the ranks. Among the allegations: that Target values personality over performance, has ineffective promotions processes and doesn’t invest enough in digital infrastructure. Most likely the latter point contributed the devastating data breach.
Other emails claim that stores often retaliate against employees who file sexual harassment complaints.
Note: The harassment allegation bears particular notice. Retaliation and failure to address harassment complaints are often symptoms of a dysfunctionalin which employees are not held accountable for their actions.