I was blindsided today by some ugly rumors at work. Though I have not mentioned all of it, things have been a little chaotic at Company O. over the last few months. I've changed managers. At the end of December, much of our division was split off into a new division. Immediately after the New Year started, the Senior VP in charge of our division mysteriously resigned. All this change has depressed the morale of many of my fellow employees -- if only because we appear to be "at sea" instead of moving in a firm direction.
Things got worse today when I discovered that layoffs are being contemplated at Company O. this Friday. Since morale is already low among my co-workers, people I know are fearing for their jobs. This appears to be part of a periodic reduction in force that is happening to accompany some other business consolidation that's going on. We don't know if it is poor performers that will be let go, or whole departments. The rumors do say that the list has existed since before Christmas, however... but won't be announced until Friday.
I hope I'm not one of the ones to go. This is not the best time for me to lose my job. As I mentioned recently, Mrs. Geek and I are trying hard to rid ourselves of some debt... and we don't have a tremendous amount of money in the bank. Having one of us lose a job would simply complicate matters.
As far as my job performance goes, I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I got a good performance review this year -- plus two bonuses, a raise, and a change in title. In fact, that change in title has been slow to officially arrive and my manager took time today out of the blue to let me know that he was looking into that. I have a feeling that he wouldn't do that if he knew I was being let go at the end of the week.
Still, keep a candle burning on Friday... I may need it.
on 2005-01-11 at 9:57 p.m.
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