The day began like any other. Then the rumors started to fly. "So and so from this department got let go. I heard 20 people are going today." So on and so forth. Then somehow it gets confirmed and we sit on pins and needles, wondering who is next. We keep an eye on HR, watching for signs of someone else on their way out.
By 3 o'clock, we think it's done and we start to relax. Then the woman who has been your boss for the past however many years but got replaced by some heartless corporate shill comes out of her office and asks to see four of us. There are five in our department, in case you're keeping track.
Former boss practically breaks down then. But she has to compose herself long enough to dial up a couple of the other new heartless corporate tools. And as that woman obviously reads from a script, we realize what is happening. Thank you for all you've done. We appreciate your years of service. Blah blah blah. Your jobs are going to Mexico.
We had to hear that last part twice before it hit us.
The best part? This wasn't a clean out your cube and get out kind of thing. No, we have to come in for another few days and then we'll be done.
How do you even process that? What's the protocol there? According to new boss who is a thousand miles away, I have to train other people on how to do my job. Oh, and I also have to collect the rest of the money I was forecasted to collect this week.
What incentive do I have to do that? Besides going out on a high note to prove I was worthwhile? Sorry, but it's not worth it to me. Maybe that's just me being negative and petty. I don't care. I spent a lot of the day cleaning out my cube. I answered the phone and took care of a couple things that needed to be dealt with right away. I spent an hour on the phone with a couple new people training them. But I already knew I was losing that part of my job before yesterday.
I'm not sure yet what tomorrow will bring. I have crocheting to do. Novels to start writing. Ebooks to be reading. All sorts of possibilities.
So yeah, it does suck. But I know I'll be better off in the long run.