Thursday, March 12, 2009

Screw The Economy, I Blame The Full Moon

So it was yet another interesting day in my office yesterday as people were pulled into managers’ offices and told that there was no reason for them to come into work ever again because their positions had become obsolete.

The upside is that no one in my department was axed. The downside is that some really great employees who had been with this company for ages and knew everything there was to know about doing their jobs were let go. And while I know that things like this happen here in the big bad corporate world everyday and without these cuts the company would sink faster than the Titanic it does make today a little blue. There is nothing more depressing than walking by a bunch of cubicles that yesterday were occupied and decorated with whatever people decorate their cubicles with (Jim Thome pics and some gargoyles in case your interested…) only to see them completely deserted.

And of course it made me start to think about how I would react should I be laid off tomorrow. Aside from frantically looking for another job with everyone else in the world I don’t know what I would do. Some people look at being laid off like some temporary vacation, and while I would like to think I would be chill enough to look at it this way methinks my OCD regarding knowing plans for the future would come into play and I would drive myself into the asylum because I didn’t know what I would do with myself.

So, in order to avoid impending lunacy, I am just going to work diligently and to the best of my abilities and do whatever in my power to not piss anyone in an authoritative position off.

Plus, if I lost my job, whatever would I write about?

~ The Office Scribe


Megan said...

Yeah, this layoff nonsense is for the birds. What peeves me off even more is that you could work diligently, be the best you can be, sacrifice everything for a company, and the second the cost of keeping you employed tipped one cent over the amount they'd save by eliminating your position, they'd shit can you without a second thought. It's utter bullshit. It really makes me see why people decide they want to start their own businesses. It makes me want to start my own business, and I haven't been laid off.

Holly said...

I have to wonder what it's going to be like for me when I get back from Iraq. My hospital did not hire any temporary to cover my position. Do the powers that be now think they don't need me? I used to think that I wouldn't want to work any where else in the valley and didn't want to leave my job where I had been the pediatric dietitian for 11 years. But now that I've had the taste of something else......I almost don't want to go back (cause when I do go back, it's not going to be as much fun as I'm having now). And when I go back we'll be short another FTE cause one person will be on maternity leave. So it will totally suck to go into work every day there.
Wow, I started to write about one thing and ended up on a rant about another.
I'm glad you were not one of the folks laid off. It's a tough time and some folks have to be willing to do a job outside their usual training just to make ends meet (reminds me of when I first got my RD and went looking for work, ended up as an assistant in Marketing for Megahertz - not my career field but I learned alot about making Power Point presentations).