Going through corporate re-organisation and coming out the other side somewhere other than your organisation is like being flushed down the toilet, it’s a white water ride, you go through a lot of crap and the asshole stays at the top. A bit crude, sorry I know, but hey, I’m the one that got flushed.
I recently went through this with a corporate giant that I obviously no longer work for; I was re-organised. By the mere sound of it I feel like I should have come out of it with a leg for an arm or something like that. I was re-organised but I somehow feel exactly the same. Many of my colleagues and I were designated for termination. Those who were lucky enough to be permanent employees were given redundancies and those of us on a contract were shown the door unceremoniously by shifty eyed executives. Employees were targeted not through a lack of performance or experience, in fact the opposite, I had received excellent performance reviews and was told that I was the sort of employee the company wanted to retain and develop. Fast forward a few months and the head honchos decided that it would be financially prudent to send a whole lot of jobs off-shore to save a few bucks. Turns out your longevity at the company depended on what department you worked for, or what level position you held and whether someone overseas, desperate for work, could learn to do your job quickly, just for less money. This is the part where the flush button is pressed.
Swirling, swirling…My fellow flushees and I were given a long time to get used to the idea that we were taking the long ride down the pipe. The coin had flipped now, those of us who were contractors were the lucky ones, we could browse for a new job and leave at our leisure as we had no reason to stay. Those offered redundancies were not so lucky, some were given an end date of up to two years away. A horrible sentance to serve when you know you have no future with the company but must stay to collect the remuneration you are owed. There was not going to be any new budget allocated for training and development for you as you were mid-flush. Why would they develop people on the way out, where is the value for the company in that?
Those who avoided the flush were mostly mid and high level management. I didn’t know of a single manager or above who lost their job. Not sure who they think is going to do all the work now! I’m not bitter, I may sound it but I’m not. Not because it happened anyway, maybe at the process in general; and maybe for the friends left behind still on death row, awaiting their moment of release. The whole process really messed some people up, the waiting to see who was going to get the chop and then the feeling of being cast aside like an unwanted commodity. What were they going to do now? The stability had been shaken from their lives. The company offered free psychological counseling though, FREE, very generous of them. Glad some of my friends didn’t have to pay for counseling out of their own pockets to discuss the fact they felt like their world was crashing down around them. Luckily for me I didn’t end up in the Sewer. I actually came out of it feeling renewed with a sense of a better future for me. The Universe has taken care of me and I have a new exciting job that I am loving.