Project “Employment” Update
We received this update from the coorporate frontlines, our hearts go out to everyone who has been struggling through this.
Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I meant to be more diligent in this, but to be honest the last several months have sort of gone by in a daze. I feel caught up in a current that I can’t quite get out of, but which won’t go ahead and carry me downstream to whatever it is (good, bad, or in between) that awaits me. I’m not sure if this is what Limbo feels like, but it is certainly uncomfortable.
Things that have happened since the last post? Well, let’s see: the building where I work suddenly got a lot emptier (and more depressing), as a significant number of co-workers (including half of those on my row of cubicles) became ex co-workers at the beginning of December. As a sort of consolation prize, those in my department were invited to the Holiday luncheon, though this wasn’t made clear on the initial email, which created a bit of hard feelings among the soon-to-be-departed. (Note to employers: this is the kind of faux pas which can undo your best efforts to treat those you are laying off with compassion.) Those of us who were Left Behind were faced with trying to pick up the pieces, ensuring that the responsibilities of our former co-workers weren’t dropped through the cracks, while dealing with the need to take end-of-year vacations and plan for yet another re-org. If I were a betting man, I would be that the first quarter of 2011 will be a very interesting time.
I have heard from a few of my former co-workers. One has decided to try his hand at consulting (and I am trying to get him to join up here, in hopes he will get leads on some new clients), while another has decided to spend some time dealing with things that need tending to at home. Me? Well, I guess I am still sort of in denial, hoping that one of those 70 or so positions that will be posted next year will provide me with a new assignment with my current employer. Or, maybe, that another opportunity will present itself within the Company (I know of one person who is putting together a proposal for a position I would be well-suited for.)
At the same time, I am beginning to count my beans more closely, in the event I have to alter my life-style to match a change in employment status. Which meant fewer (and less expensive) gifts this Christmas. Which meant a gloomier holiday season: combined with the fact that my in-laws have been ill, and that both my parents passed away (in different years) during the period between Thanksgiving and the middle of January, this resulted in a slight bout with depression – a bout which I “won”, though it wasn’t a particularly enjoyable ride. Fortunately, I had some help from my friends, which showed me that the spirit of Christmas lives on.
Now that we are approaching January, I guess it is time to make some New Years Procrastinations Resolutions. First (and foremost) among them will be to get with my new boss, and nail down the parameters of this “transitional” assignment: what is expected of me, and how long I have to get the job done, and the necessary knowledge transferred. Also, I want to have a clear understanding of the fact that, unless this “transitional” assignment becomes permanent, I expect to spend some of my time looking (and preparing) for a job that is permanent. I have spent too many years thinking only of the Company, and as a result have neglected my own personal/professional growth (as well as developing a martyr complex, a path I don’t recommend others follow me down.) Right behind that: I need to take an inventory of me: what skills I bring to the table, what interests and passions I have, where I see myself in the next 5-10 years (or longer, depending on what happens with the retirement age and the stock market.) Last, but by no means least, I need to continue my networking with others, to develop those contacts I will have to lean on in order to help me make that next career move – whether inside or outside the Company.
‘Till next time – have a Happy New Year, y’all!
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