Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You (tallguy) wrote,
Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You

Well, shit

We had one of "those" meetings today. You know the kind: your boss sends out an email to the entire team (or so you think) saying there is a team meeting in 5 minutes. Everyone knows what's happening, but no one wants to say it out loud. When he comes in and closes the door, you notice there are one or two people missing. That's when he says it: "The company has been forced to enact a reduction in force. As a result, D**n and N**a have been terminated, effective immediately."

Naturally, you're sorry for the two employees that have been let go, but deep down, you're breathing a sigh of relief. At least it wasn't you...this time.

Some random thoughts:
After such an announcement, it's usually a good idea to go out for a smoke. You don't really need it, but it's a good excuse to get away from your desk for ten minutes and bullshit with your fellow survivors.

After 10 minutes of standing in single-digit temperatures among the falling snow, you start to rethink your earlier decision. You go back inside and walk to your desk, grateful that you still have a desk to walk to.

Walking up four flights of stairs after having a cigarette, freezing your ass off, and being out of shape will do wonderful things to your pulse and respiration. You promise yourself you won't do that again...until the next round of layoffs.
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