The leader guy at my job removed several positions. I felt stress in my stomach after the meeting in which he notified the entire department. Let's call this leader Log.
Log is a predecessor's progeny, according to the workplace knowledge bank. Some say Log was brought in because of his charm and good looks. I met the man once in-person, and yes, I felt charmed in that meeting. I also questioned the utility of some of his words. He'd asked me if his answers sufficiently addressed my concerns. Basically, he said,
"Hey, thanks for participating in employee suggestion time. Your suggestion is already underway. It'll take about a year for it to manifest. That's the plan at the current time."
In my head I was like, "Gawd... just say no in an email. Why am I sitting here in your corner office with your kids' pictures facing me instead of you. I feel really uncomfortable."
On the outside, my personality attempted casual banter. I think it went ok. I talked a lot which I sometimes do when I feel uncomfortable. At one point, my head moved my gaze to my lap, and he appeared to jump on the time to end the meeting. Phew! Because I'd been trying to think of a way to exit the situation myself. Next time perhaps I could say, "Thanks for your time. I'd like to return to my work area now," or figure out an indirect way to express the same idea.
So yeah this guy, Log -- he apparently decided to remove positions. The removed humans were notified one day prior or the day of their jobs being removed from their image. Apparently it was a top-down decision, as in, he chose to do this action. As I discovered new information, people expressed various explanations for the situation. In those first moments, I talked primarily with people who said things that minimized the emotion of uncomfortable.
I wanted someone to feel the uncomfortable feeling with me. Stunned, shocked, betrayed. I didn't see layoffs coming. The removed humans, wow, what they must be feeling! Log's message delivery felt like an attack. The decision displays lack of value for unity, and it acts as a red flag for socially ruthless behavior. To remove people and not offer an alternative is a cold, callous business decision, one I didn't expect just two months into my time with the organization. I was used to a place that typically found other roles for the people to fill rather than releasing positions en masse.
Layoffs are one of these things for which one can prepare only so much. I am still employed with the organization, and it's a stressful situation. I don't trust the leader. Yes, sometimes people need to leave an organization for various reasons. This particular decision seems so void of empathy, and I can see how companies need to occasionally reduce staff members. Maybe it's a difficult decision to make.
Since negative thought processes can lead to low feelings, I practice EFT, focus my mind to practical and healthy outlooks, exercise, eat healthy, and breathe deeply. I want to believe that everything is ok, and I choose to do so.
Maybe one day I will participate to create and sustain a cooperative that treats its employees well and profits in a sustainable and respectful fashion.
1/11/16 -- Added link.
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