As I write this, 40 more people from the company I most recently worked for just received their layoff notices. Yes, this has something to do with the economy, but it also has do to with the business model the company was pursuing and the way the management was going down a road regardless of the indicators to the contrary. I remember when I worked there trying to speak up, but I was not taken seriously. Some of the decisions that were made, I made suggestions that opposed them, but I was overruled. I left – I had nothing to contribute that could make a difference. My work was not adding value.
I remember working for a company many years ago and listening to the CEO there and thinking “Wow, he is either scary smart, or completely full of crap. I can’t understand enough of what he is saying to ask an intelligent question.” Turns out, he was completely full of crap. That company ended up nose diving and a lot of people lost their jobs. I got out-sourced as one of the consequences of the boondoggles this management team pursued.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not just another disgruntled whiner. I have had jobs where I was motivated and I knew I was making a big contribution. I worked hard, and loved these jobs. Most of my jobs have been this way. When I feel like I make a difference and improving the life of those I am working with and for, I love what I am doing. It makes going to work worthwhile. The money is not the most important thing. I have been blessed to know how this feels pretty consistently in my career. That’s why when I don’t get that kind of satisfaction on a job, I simply find something better.
I’m just feeling kind of sad that so many companies have put themselves in this position because of poor business decisions, particularly in the financial and automotive industries. Not to mention that our government has been mismanaged for eight years now which allowed us to lose face in the international community. These decisions are affecting all of us whether we were a party to them or not. People are out of jobs, families losing their homes, savings are drying up. The American dream is becoming a distant vision.
For those of you out there that just found yourselves out of a job, I hope you find something soon. And I hope it is everything you want it to be. It’s the time of year for hope and faith. Let’s hope the economy starts to give some of that to us.