Hitting Close to Home
The whole economy thing has never really hit close to home until last week. The company that I work for decided that they had to let go of half the design department. Well the design department consisted of 2 people at the time so of course that means they let one of us go. You would guess that it would have been me but no, it was my good friend Adam. You would also guess that I would be feeling relieved that he was let go instead of me. That’s also wrong. It actually stresses me more because I know that I have a second income (my wife) but he’s pretty much on his own. It’s a $#!t deal really but the company has made its choice. Not much going to change that now. Even though Adam had seniority over me, here are my thoughts on why they let him go instead (whether these reasons are warranted or not).
First off I have a family to support.
Secondly I don’t work directly with the owner or the VP so my attitudes stay with me. He worked directly with them and was very open and honest about some of the less than ideal work conditions.
Thirdly, I think he got paid more than I do. But barely enough to be reason to choose one over the other.
Those are just my guesses though.
Worst part of the whole deal is that I knew the company wasn’t doing so well. Because of this, I had prepared myself to be let go. I really had absolutely no inkling that they would ever choose to let him go rather than me. That fact was more of the shocker to me than the fact that they got rid of half the department.
Man life can throw some MAD curve balls at you sometimes. I guess in those situations you just gotta swing and hope for the best.