It read that should a piece of furniture go out the door sub-quality, all those in each department who had passed it would very simply receive a verbal, then a written warning and then would be looking at the end of their careers here. Then saw the people responsible for this particular little episode and explained that they would not get a verbal this time as new ruling brought in afterwards, but they were to consider themselves responsible for the new ruling and indeed partly for resultant action taken against people.
To say this did not make me a much loved boss would be putting it mildly. We have had one person hand in their notice and supposedly another will follow shortly. Odd how the sheer idea of accountability terrifies supposedly adult human beings!
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