I just found out that that a company where I used to work laid off over two dozen people – with no notice.
They brought them into a room, made them put their credentials on the table and told them the news.
Then they marched then to their desks with a cardboard box to collect their motivational doo-dads and then out the door.
Now this is a bad company which is part of the reason why I left.
And I wasn’t alone – there had been a ton of attrition over the last year – nearly 20% of the staff had moved on.
So a lot of people were looking out for their self-interest.
Apparently not enough good people did so.
I checked in with my folks and made sure they were ok – some had survived the cut, some hadn’t.
It’s at moments like this when people all of a sudden get jolted awake – and back into thinking about their own survival, their own self-interest.
And now that I have the unfortunate opportunity to write about it, I remember thinking it was so clear to me that I should get out of Dodge, that I had tried to talk a couple of others into applying elsewhere.
They looked at me like I had drunk the Kool-Aid.
Oh well, like I said they are all good people and will get new employment pretty quick.
The warning signs were there, and many had feathered off onto better things.
Those who didn’t? Maybe they should have been looking out for their own self-interest, over that of the company that eventually screwed them.
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