It’s amazing what lengths some companies will go to to protect their employees’ identities.
One example last week had hacks here tearing their hair out. Chasing a story about redundancies at pharmaceutical giant Roche, we got a helpfull “no comment” from a spokeswoman, then were told the reporter could call back.
But when asked who was at the other end of the phone, she went all coy: “We don’t give out names!”. Asked if her colleagues knew her name, she brought the conversation to a brusque conclusion.
However, the Diary had the last laugh. She forwarded a press statement including her name, contact details and inside leg measurement. We wonder if the company named the staff it was making redundant, or let them work it out for themselves when their desks were removed?