I learned last week that we will see a 5% staff reduction this week and it includes 2 of my friends. I am just devastated. These are people who are good at their jobs but have fallen victim to office/company politics. Unfortunately senior managers are vicious and petty and are using the layoff to eliminate some very competent people who have questioned things over the the years. Some of the roles being eliminated are directly related to covid like our corporate travel agents, no one is able to book anything now. My friends and I always said we would look out for each other if we heard a layoff was coming but now that I know, I can’t say anything or it could cost me my job.
I only know about the layoff because I am in finance and have to make certain changes in our system when it becomes effective tomorrow. I have barely slept the last 2 days since learning this. I am going to just act like I didn’t know anything, that I found out the morning it was happening. I feel so dirty and unworthy of their friendships now.