It’s only coming to light now, but in January, JC Penney reportedly instituted a curious policy. The department store chain told supervisors in a companywide broadcast that they should categorize employees by one of three colors.
Green: They’re OK.
Yellow: They need some coaching.
Red: They’re out the door.
Many JC Penney employees aren’t aware of the system, though a store manager who spoke to Business Insider said the company didn’t offer guidance one way or another regarding whether to tell them about it.