T Minus 39.5 Hours and Counting….

A bunch of us were at karaoke last night- a kind of next-to-last hurrah.

We were having a great time, goofing around and being absolutely ridiculous when it hit us that things were going to change on Friday.

One of the participants who had organized a lot of the informal social outings at the office said she was no longer going to make the effort. Our office is undergoing the biggest upheaval not related to the purchase of another corporate entity and it is going to change the entire dynamic in this place.

A job is often like any other job for most people and the reason why most of us even made it out of bed in the last few weeks is because of who we work with. Whether by design or happenstance, a great group of people (with very few exceptions) has been assembled and now it is going to be blown to bits.

You spend all this time trying to clean things up, put processes into place, build the relationships internally and externally that make things function smoothly and then you get the rug pulled out from under you. That is pretty much the thinking around here- especially since none of the middle /upper management was consulted in any way regarding the cuts that are coming down Friday.

It kind of sucks to have what you have been doing for the last four years deemed to be of no merit.

There will likely be very few people who will be asked to pack up their desks and leave immediately. There is too much work to finish up to just send 50 people packing- but stranger things have happened.

The protracted exodus is going to be painful but it shouldn’t be as bad as it has been for the last three and a half weeks since they sent out the email announcing the restructuring.

The operative word being “shouldn’t” but when people start leaving before their end dates, likely those who are not really eligible for much in the way of severance, fur is going to fly.

I need to keep my head down and get what I can wrap up out of the way before I walk away.

I hope it is sooner than later.


~ by angryegg on March 10, 2010.

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