Re: It's firing day today
Indeed, a relief, I know the feeling you had earlier. I was made redundant from a multinational a little over 10 years ago. There was a period of endless meetings about "How wonderful these changes are going to be", when all the time I'd been doing the sums and realised I was looking down the barrel. Several days before "telling day" my manager walked into the office and gave me a look that made it obvious he'd just been told. Then, on the day, the system was that the fingered ones would get a phone call to go see the HOD. So, I sat there for about an hour just looking at the phone and about 11.00 it rang, there's the HOD's secretary on the end, could you come to the office now please, and a very empty feeling in the pit of the stomach. Then I go there and the ******** is just (literally) reading from a script. So I told him "Look, we both know why we're here, can't we just cut this BS and get on with it".
I got outplacement support and went to see the guy for that straight away. His very first advice to everyone was "Don't thump anyone, or it's bye bye to your redundo".
then back to the lab, and everybody treats you like you've got some contagious disease, like redundancy is catching. I didn't have to work off any notice, so I got out of there straight away.
I know these days it can be done by text message, but I'd honestly prefer that to sitting there having to look at this ****** go through the prepared words some HR person had written for him.
Still, I got the thick end of 30 grand and a year's notice, not bad for 6 years there. I even went off and got a postgrad diploma in HR management at their expense, but after I passed it I escaped and returned to the wild. And I hated it there, so it was a relief for everyone really. A bad time at the time though.