The day after the dropping of the bombshell that landed an entire department into obliteration, I took a hard look and assessed the damage from the lay-off notice that I received. I think taking a good hard look at a situation is the best way to properly make an assessment, and then choose to make the best decision afterwards once all of the facts are analyzed. In this case, separating fact from fiction.

One thing I did noticed after the announcements were made was that over half of the personnel that were emailed of the department’s closing, these people never received their notices. Mysteriously, the email software, or server, did not work properly causing about eight rejected emails going to their intended targets. So confusion escalated into chaos, and these eight people heard from third hand sources. Sadly not very professional.

I actually experienced a sense of “I told you so,” or, “better you than me,” from some of the people in the other departments. An emotional condition where people mock, or label, those who are on the chopping block, and are actually happy that you are going, and that they are staying. (like a loan leper in a village, or AIDS victim on a playground). I can understand this. I probably have done this myself to other’s, not even knowing it. However, how far do you rub it in?

So, one fiction that kept gaining more energy was that all of the people in that department are truly unemployed. The fact is, all but two employees are going to be absorbed into other companies. The work that these people do is so highly specialized that other businesses were poised at the opportunity to scoop them up once word got out. These are not your typical labourers from a warehouse, or newspaper delivery route, they are trained and carry credentials. These are trades people.

The communication glitch was a fact that at the time of the meeting with upper management, a invoice/bill did not get paid (the domain name for the email was pass-due/arrears) and becuase of this, there was an interruption of email service. I am still laughing about that one–coincidence or what?

My attitude has still not changed. I am happy. I am very fortunate that my skill set, my credentials, are far beyond the industry that I am in. Searching for employment, or going self employed, is an easy step for me. I may consider looking beyond the Canadian border, perhaps in another part of the world?

To sum up today, I would say it was very interesting. I was offered a position with another firm, and two other individuals have hinted to me that they wish to talk to me later on–suggesting more employment opportunities. We will see. In the mean time, we are having our general meeting tomorrow. I will be taking lots of notes and looking at facial expression very closely. Fun, fun, fun.

2 Thoughts on “Assessment

  1. I think it’s normal human nature to be like “ha ha — it’s your department and not mine that got axed and it’s you, not me who has to look for something else.” HOWEVER, what separates the wheat from the chaff of people is that some people can, at the same time, put themselves in the others’ shoes and feel EMPATHY while others such as the run of the mill sociopaths the workplace, and the world, is full of cannot or will not!

  2. Goos analogy.

    It was really hard for me see through that with so much going on inside me head. You never get old of this feeling–it sucks no matter when it happens.

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