22 January, 2009


"Layoff is the temporary suspension or permanent termination of employment of an employee or (more commonly) a group of employees for business reasons, such as the decision that certain positions are no longer necessary or a business slow-down or interruption in work. Originally the term "layoff" referred exclusively to a temporary interruption in work, as when factory work cyclically falls off. However, the term has also applied to the permanent elimination of positions as a cost-cutting measure (or for other reasons)."

Yet another reminder of being an "adult" has occurred: working with a corporation that, during these difficult economic times, has had to resort to laying people off - however unwillingly and while first trying everything else in its power before succumbing to that disappointing ending.

Having witnessed both sides of this upsetting coin, I'm feeling conflicted. Upset and almost angry by the fact that things like this happen. Sadness for the people who are leaving. Guilt for being one of the ones who was not cut. Burdened by the additional work that remains in their departure. Guilt again for complaining about that work instead of being grateful that I still have a job. Compassion for my supervisor who had to help make those awful decisions and then had to be the bearer of bad news. Reluctant understanding of why those decisions were made in this way. Helplessness, knowing that these are good people - both those who are leaving and those who are making them leave - and that this was the sliver between the proverbial Rock and recent Hard Place.

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