Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Don't Let The Door Hit You In The Ass

I haven’t had much motivation to write since the layoffs at my company last week.

Previously, when we had layoffs you could rationalize it with thoughts such as these:

“That guy did have a pretty bad attitude.”
“She was nice but she just couldn’t do the job.”
“He was lazy.”

Not this time. This time top performers were let go. There was this one gentleman from Scotland. Everybody loved him. Customers, his direct reports, his peers. Everybody. Calling him competent would be insulting. He was great.


His visa is of a type that is tied directly to the company you work for. This means he has 10 days to settle his affairs and get out. He can come back for 90 days to finish up – but airfare isn’t cheap especially when you are out of a job.

The company is in the black. Making a profit. Just not enough profit. Stocks prices had dropped in the last few months, but the market over all hasn’t been that great.

In all, 200 people were let go in the US. 150 new people were hired in Bangalore.

What has happened in America sickens me. If you work for a corporation, you are working to make 2 or 3 people wealthy. And those 2 or 3 people are busy working out how to eliminate your job.

I’m sure the officers and the executives feel pretty badly about it. They went to Vegas this week to cheer themselves up…


Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

Aw, hell. Sorry to hear that it's really that bad.

There was a recent book about layoffs and about how it's actually bad business. Can't remember the title.

But you're right: If a few people, the right people, are making their pile, what does it matter how they do so? Certainly, our government couldn't do anything to help us, could they? And after all we're all at the mercy of the "free market."

1:45 PM  
Blogger fgfdsg said...

Other than the obvious human cost, I wonder why no-one's ever studied the effects of employee morale. It's toxic for the company.

I've noticed the change over the last 15 years in the workplace. People no longer have company loyalty and won't put themselves out for the jobs anymore, because there's no job security. If you make it clear your employees are pawns, then why should you expect and real effort in the workplace from them?

I actually think the shareholders constantly demanding large profits above all else are equally to blame.

Hang in there, mate.

3:49 PM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

Went to Vegas, eh? Hmmm ... okay, here's the plan: Get the ex-employees together, pool what cash they have, hire some Vegas hookers and private detectives with good cameras, and have at it. The resulting photos should ensure their job security for years to come...

10:17 AM  
Blogger Soundsurfr said...

In all, 200 people were let go in the US. 150 new people were hired in Bangalore.

Fuck Bangalore. Bangalore smokes pole.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Soundsurfr said...

In all, 200 people were let go in the US. 150 new people were hired in Bangalore.

Fuck Bangalore. Bangalore smokes pole.

10:43 AM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

Fuck Bangalore. Bangalore smokes pole.

Holy crap, you mean they've outsource that to India, too?

12:39 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Soundsufr's been listenin' to O&A. Righteous.

I've had kinda the opposite problem: My Company is awesome. When I tried to quit 4 years ago (serious depression) they pushed me towards a sabbatical. I got over the depression and got my biggest (still tiny) raise ever, this year. I do tech support and when 1 of my 2 partners wanted to quit over a serious dispute with our VP, they got him a job in another department.

And the bottom line gets better every year and they always hire new folk expressly for to keep that happening. There's an Education co-pay too, but it has to be for work-related courses. Those I just have no desire for what-so-ever. That's making it really hard to find immediate motivation to return to school.

I'll definitely take THAT problem over the other though. Been there. Done that, before gettin' a BA (PolSci) which I only use for blogging.

Our world, my friends, is a weird freakin' place...

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Hieronymo said...

Steady as she goes, Viscount. It's not Bangalore's fault. Besides, Bangalore is about to get Bangalored:

There used to be a slogan. Workers Of The World Unite.

I believe it.

Your Scots pal will bounce back. Those old guys are tough, especially the ones brought up on porridge with salt in it.

3:06 AM  
Blogger The Viscount LaCarte said...

Hi Hieronymo,

I don't blame the people of Bangalore at all. They are trying to make ends meet like the rest of us.


2:58 PM  
Anonymous Love said...

the world is full of injustice

2:06 PM  

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