Today is my first day back at work. Last week, I started logging on to check my email, and what a doozie I found on Friday.
Our VP of the division sent out an email, which I will paraphrase below:
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a very well deserved break that was relaxing and fun.
Too bad that our industry is in the toilet and won’t pick up until early next year. This means that we will have to lay a bunch of you off before the end of the month.
The easiest way to do this is to ask for voluntary resignations. You have one week to decide if you want to take the voluntary layoff. Of course, not all requests can be honored, and we will make the final decision. If we don’t get enough volunteers, we will make our own choices by the end of the month.
Thanks for your sincere dedication to our team.
To paraphrase even more: Happy New Year. Screw you!
It’s not a secret that I am not happy with my company, but I do need the paycheck. Oh, and this email came out at noon on Friday, but by that time they had already canned 20+ people from our plant and our sister plant. Not to mention that a lot of people didn’t even come back to work until today, so this announcement was made when over half the employees were still on vacation/holiday.
So, this morning my boss calls an impromptu meeting (who am I kidding, all of his meetings are “drop everything and meet me now, who cares that we have a meeting scheduler”) to discuss the workforce reduction. He tells us things we already know, then says our department should be safe (I’m not believing anything anyone says, though), and that we need to stay upbeat. What? STAY upbeat? No one has been upbeat for a year. They did away with our bonus, forced us to take vacation the first 3 days of the year, cancelled our Christmas party, put us on a hiring freeze when we have tons of work to do, and they keep us in the dark until the last possible moment...and we’re supposed to be upbeat??
Then he asked if we had any questions, comments or concerns. When we mentioned a few, he just said, “Thanks,” and ended the meeting. Typical.
My friend in HR for a different company thinks I should be pretty safe since I’m pregnant. That may be true, but I’m not sure I want to be around here through all of this.
Happy Freakin’ New Year!