Coles managing director Ian McLeod is fast gaining a reputation as Melbourne's champion of correct parking after staff emails were leaked in which he blasted employees for parking lazily.
Mr McLeod fired off two feisty group emails to staff at the Tooronga Store Support Centre, east of Melbourne’s CBD, in late November which were leaked to media this week.
The first email, written on November 21, included a photo of a silver Holden parked across three small parking spaces in an underground car park.
Not holding back, Mr McLeod wrote: "Could the selfish, inconsiderate team member and owner of a silver Holden Commodore with registration ... who believes they are so important that they warrant being able to park their car across THREE SMALL parking spaces, please more it to the brickworks immediately."
He then asked the driver to make themselves known to him and explain why they believed Coles’ company value of “supporting each other to get things done” did not apply to them.
A second email sent just hours later showed that while Mr McLeod’s initial tirade managed to get results, they were not exactly to his liking.
“Firstly, thank you to the owner of the Commodore who has apologised and moved their vehicle,” he wrote.
“However, I am appalled two of the small car spots vacated have now been filled by a Merc salon & Toyota. Could the owners of these 2 vehicles please more their vehicles to the brickworks, and explain to me why parking in these bays was appropriate.”
Coles spokesman John Church told the Herald Sun that Mr McLeod had made it his mission to call out bad behaviour and keep on top of Coles’ workplace culture.
"Ian is not looking to become Melbourne's next parking commissioner but he and the whole Coles team has done a lot to change the culture here during the last five years and when we see things happening that don't fit with our values we call it out," Mr Church told the newspaper.
A former Coles employee told the newspaper that Mr McLeod had given up his executive parking spot and regularly parked his own vehicle outside to keep things fair in the office.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Matthew Henry.
Source: The Herald Sun.