I've been unemployed for a while and recently got an $8 an hour job through Kelly services. The name of the company is called Juno Pacific in Santa Cruz. I did excellent work, got along with everyone and had nothing but praise from my immediate supervisor. She jokingly said 'good job ,you deserve a raise' and other such comments regularly.
When I was quizzed at the little testing stations I worked at I did fine. It was easy rote work.
We had a meeting yesterday where the upper management ( who I had never met ) called in all the workers in my shift and told us about the productivity incentive program.
The productivity incentive program is this:
If you give the company any ideas that make them more money you are rewarded with a pizza party and you get to spin a cardboard cut out wheel that has 'big prizes' like a $25 amazon gift certificate. The grand prize of the cardboard cut out wheel is an ipad.
The manager mentioned one example of a single employee that thought up an idea that saved them $5000 a month. Presumably this person was rewarded with a pizza party and got to spin the cardboard cut out wheel and claim their prize.
The manager said that he would like to see each employee come up with at least 3 ideas.
I raised my hand and said that "if anyone here can make the company an additional $5000 a month you should treat them as a consultant and simply write them a check for $1000". I also said that the incentive program as is is a bit "maddening" and silly. I also mentioned that I've seen this kind of thing before at companies while implying that its simply not fair. After the meeting was over a few other employees expressed gratitude because its what they were thinking as well.
Today I was fired without notice. The person that was given the responsibility to notify me didn't give any reason except that my 'outburst was inexcusable' and that the decision came from upper management.