I am still employed.
Not entirely sure why, at this point; let’s look at the reasons I had to be hopeful.
The 2008 numbers are up The person who crunched the numbers is gone.
My manager wasn’t called upon to axe people My manager is also gone.
But the axe is now done swinging, and it bit deep throughout our department. Between today’s layoffs and the voluntary separation offer that went out at the tail end of last year, we’ve lost 10 people out of 40-45.
I’ve heard that other parts of the company are getting hit harder.
And the PA just called for medical emergency response team to the area where they’re offering the next-step career counseling – so either someone just had a breakdown, or someone went postal. Probably the former, but the latter is not completely without precedent.
This has been a brutal day, during which I have seen far too many hard-working and dedicated people, many of them friends, join the ranks of the unemployed.
Those of us who are left have a meeting in a little over an hour, during which we will presumably discuss how on earth we’re all going to structure our work from here on out. It probably won’t be pretty.
But I will be here for it, and for that I am very grateful.