Who would think that it would happen where I work? We are highly successful, still winning contracts, and taking on new staff to keep up with development of the product and the services and support the customer base need. And yet...
My colleague is being made redundant. Unless they do a U turn on Tuesday that will be her last day. This is done on the grounds that they need to reduce costs and her job can be done by others. Those of us that know are all shattered. She is fighting hard for her job, and we are supporting her the best we can. We think she has a very good chance of winning at a tribunal but we have to get to that point yet.
I already have "survivor's guilt" and I fear there is worse to come. Not because I might also lose my job but because I will simply have too much work. Whatever the company think much of what she does will need to be picked up by someone and to a large extent that will be me. I already have plenty to do, with a new project I have not been able to get underway. It is hard to describe how misjudged this is. They are going to show the door to a much respected colleague with years of experience. She might be a little expensive but if they'd just sat down with the us (we are a small team of 'middle' managers who look after the development teams) we could have given them some ideas, discussed it and done our best to show them how valuable our colleague is.
I don't think the company understand the effect this will have on the staff. I really do expect that there will be a few people in tears on Tuesday. There will be an enormous amount of anger and many will be de-motivated. We are a close knit community - the younger ones play together and sometimes live together. Some are married (to each other). A few of us have known each other a very long time (and it is one of this group who is being made redundant) having worked somewhere else together first. This, of course, can help in the long run because we have good support all around us, but I think it will take a while to kick in.
We are going through a GFC which to me is half true and half a self fulfilling prophecy. What you might be seeing is your company laying off staff to cut costs, when is the best time to do it ..... when there is a world wide crisis.
In reality you might find many of your competitors are cutting staff as well, it kind of becomes a trend and will mean your competitors will be leaner meaning they could undercut your company on tenders/bids.
Now you can do what so many others do around here. One person gets laid off and finds a better place to work and brings all their friends to the new job site. Most of my Bosses have done that. It's predictable. But sorry you have to go through this. It's a bitch, but that's life. No job is for ever. Thank goodness!
You do get used to it after awhile, our project was just cut in May with no rhyme, reason or rationale given to us. I just recently found a job, but now I have a bunch of ex-collegues in new places who can help me find a new job now, or later. As an old boss of mine used to say, "it's another f---ing growth opportunity."