Should it not be BLUE SLIP instead of PINK?!

Why on earth pink!!?? - Why is it pink slip instead of blue?
@mimpi1911 (25455)
India
January 3, 2009 3:35am CST
Why termination of job terms is giving pink slip? Shouldn't it be BLUE!? Do the companies think that the axed employee would have a party time after being laid off?!
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
4 Jan 09
HI mimpi! You know, I always wondered about that myself! That is a very good point! I don't know why they always use the pink slip thing! I agree with you that pinks surely is a happier color and certainly not appropriate for a firing or layoff! But, I love the color blue and although I do I agree that it certainly would make more sense to use that color than pink! I wonder who thought of the color pink and when it came about? That really is such an interesting question!
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
Yes Opal the same goes into my mind! And what drahhnn has to say is quite logical. Pink is more soothing than other colors. BTW: What's your Flat's color?
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Well mimpi, all the walls are an eggshell white! That's the color the landlord paints it! And I just had it re-painted in May! But, I have blue curtains and bedspread in the bedroom and little accent pieces are navy blue and light blue. And my living room has dark brown and beige with some orange and gold accent pieces! I just finished re-decorating!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
6 Jan 09
That sounds so good! With the blue-beige theme,I am sure it looks wonderful! Do share pics when you can.
@lala766 (243)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I think it should be a RED slip! Since RED is a depressing color. That is just my opinion. Red I think can cause panick. Pink and Blue are for newborns. No matter waht color the slip I feel bad for anyone who gets one.
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Jan 09
I think RED is much appropriate. It means to STOP, KAPUT, OVER and also signifies ANGER and HURTS. So, Red is a great choice!
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@riyasam (16582)
• India
4 Jan 09
i think,they might be being diplomatic,trying to give bad news in a pink slip(good)or they might be expecting of us to show our pink tongues. belated happy new year.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
That's darn funny Riya!
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@riyasam (16582)
• India
5 Jan 09
he he mimpi dear,i needed a smile after so many days of being serious
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
Good dea. How was your holiday? did the kids manage to tear you hair?
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
3 Jan 09
Hi Mou i never knew that its called "giving pink slip" when u r terminating some one i think the best color describe it must be BLACK as its mourning thing its going to bring darkness not only in front of ons eyes but on his/her future tooo. Well, i dont think companies THINK anything when they lay off any one Not a Good slip to have regardless of any color byee
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
I agree Cupid!
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
5 Jan 09
Thanks for agreeing Should wee name 2009 as "Agreeing Year"
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
lol... Why not Zass! That would resolve a lot of fights!
@alokn99 (5718)
• India
3 Jan 09
Maybe they are trying to be nice and cordial by giving it in pink. Yes t too have thought that the term seems inapropraite. But why are u suggesting Blue ? is it something to do with the mood ? Red: may imply don't come back Green: keep going Orange:- Get ready to go Black:- So that you may mourn over it Maybe they are using this term as compared to termination, fired, sacked, let off, relieved... Actually blue sounds better..
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Jan 09
I told you...
@alokn99 (5718)
• India
3 Jan 09
It may sound better, but may still bring about the same fear in people. Nobody really likes recieving a pink or blue slip.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Jan 09
Oh yes, a rose would be rose no matter how you call it and a killer would be a killer!! But i just wondered why it's pink, may be just to bid off with a happy , cordial face! How does it matter though!
@balasri (26577)
• India
3 Jan 09
Over the years people have offered plenty of examples of companies that supposedly used pink slips to fire their employees, but none that has ever been verified. The most common explanation concerns the Ford Motor Company as Henry Ford and his business are commonly viewed as the prototype that established the modern corporate employer-employee business relationship The "pink slip" has come a long way from when Henry Ford dreamed up a way to evaluate his assembly line employees. Each worker had a cubbyhole where at the end of the workday, a manager would place a piece of colored paper. A white piece of paper meant their work was acceptable, a pink one meant the boot.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
That's quite a story! Thanks Bala.
@balasri (26577)
• India
5 Jan 09
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Hi mim, Please don't tell me that you are one of the latest to lose your job!! When you think about it, to me it really doesn't matter what color you call it, for that matter, it should be black. My hubby has been laid off and without a job for a year and a half now. If he doesn't get a job soon, who knows what will happen. I pray and hope for the best. leenie
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
I am sorry to hear that Leenie. I do hope he gets a good job soon. My prayers for you people. And dear, I haven't been laid off, but you never know.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
3 Jan 09
We have an expression here in the US about workers "going postal" and when I think of the color pink in connection with layoff slips, I sort of imagine that the color is supposed to be soothing, but in reality they probably just used it to make those slips stand out. Cute that you associate the color pink with a party. Then, too, they could have done it just to add to the humiliation, since at one time most of the outside of the home workers were men.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
That's very interesting! And I agree, RED or BLACK or BLUE would have been too blatant, pink is better in that aspect. Soothing and subdued. Thanks.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
3 Jan 09
bala beat me to one explanation for it! lol. I agree with nanajanet that they should be red as this is definitely the color we all see if we get one!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Jan 09
RED is befitting, James. I agree.
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I think that it should be a red slip as I would be angry!!!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Jan 09
Oh yes, janet, that's quite apt!
@smartie0317 (1612)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Blue is miss leading imo because blue usually means positive or good. Getting laid off is neither of those things.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Jan 09
blue is positive! is it?!