Like many others, I am a casualty of the current churning and uncertainty within the tech industry. My company laid off a bunch of people about ten days ago and did the typical no-warning thing where nobody knew who was being let go until those folks simply disappeared from the company slack channel. There have been lots of hand-wringing by executives and teary messages from the CEO over hard decisions that were made...survivor pep talks, etc...etc...
But this is not that a tale of woe.
I happened to be on vacation when this happened, and whether it was because of my position (I'm a program manager on a really successful program) or out of a sense of compassion because I was taking my first real vacation in over a year - I was not laid off that day.
I came home to find that my position was being eliminated at the end of the week. During that final week, I was able to reach out and connect with all of my colleagues, exchange contact information, walk the PgM who was taking over my program through all of my processes and where to find supporting documentation, alert the client and generally close out everything gracefully.
While layoffs suck, I am very grateful that I was given the opportunity to do this. It not only helped me transition a little more positively, but it allowed my team (who were all shocked and very unhappy) to have that closure as well. I wish companies did this a little more often. It seems that once a company decides to eliminate positions, they stop treating their employees as people with real feelings and emotions.
Most people I know over a certain age in my field have experienced at least one layoff in their career (I've been through several) and understand the logic behind it. And I get the strategy of not alerting anyone for fear it will spread panic through a company. And I even think companies understand the folks who are left will experience a great deal of guilt. But I think what's forgotten is that a company is really built on relationships, whether between co-workers or with external clients. Anytime those relationships are severed, there is a grieving process that needs to happen. Providing closure helps lessen the blow. Think of it like death. If you're prepared, everyone knows it's coming and has time to prepare. If it's unexpected, it's a huge shock and a lot harder to handle.
Anyway, thanks for reading my observations and I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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Hello everyone, just want to say I appreciate this platform and all stories I hear that make me feel not alone in all the scary, beautiful, frustrating and fulfilling parts of work.
I do have a question though about job offers. Whats the longest you have had to wait to hear back from a job offer? I am currently in a 2 month stand still with two companies and they from time to time keep calling to ask follow up questions. I just don't understand why. I just want to know if its a lost cause or have people finally got offered jobs they've waited months for. Thank yall!
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