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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Today began like any other day. Then, the entire company was called to an impromptu 9:30am meeting in front of the CEO's office, in which we were told that 12 of our colleagues were being laid off at that very moment and that they would be coming up to their desks in 15 mins and that we were to be supportive and help them handle the news. Shipping their jobs overseas, where they can hire people to supposedly do the same work (though, not as high of quality AT ALL) for something like $8 per day. It makes me sick. I don't usually like to deal with politics, but this really hit close to home and just about has me ready to start fighting with SOMEONE.

We work in small teams called pods. I can't go into much detail, but my entire pod was let go, except for me and my friend. I can't tell you how devastating this was...not just for the people laid off, who had absolutely no warning whatsoever (some who have been serving this company for YEARS), but also for those of us remaining. One thing that our company has going for it is that the people that work there are just wonderful. We genuinely love our co-workers. And my pod had become like my family. These people are so special to me and being near them and hearing their voices and laughing with them every day was what made all the horrible parts of the job completely worth it. And, just like that...they were gone. The whole place was a MESS...people were crying all over the place. It was just horrible.

Then I thought...wow, I leave my church one day. The next day I lose co-workers that I love. My friends are just dropping like flies. :( Thank God I still have derby!

I did emotionally eat to handle this news. But not out of control. And when I got home, I walked 4 miles...really fast. And I am exhausted now. So, at the very least, my body is calmer and I will hopefully just get in bed and pass out and forget all about this day.

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    The hard part is over, the aftermath is yet to be dealt with. While you will miss your friends dearly, you have been spared their fate. How you handle this is most important. I'm happy about your shared report on your emotional eating response. I highly suggest that you are very careful to avoid reacting to or discussing this among your remaining co-workers in the upcoming days. Stay positive, and you remain in my prayers, along with your former co-workers.

    2538 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your friends and you having to deal with the loss. I will be praying for you and those who lost their jobs. I kinda understand, I've been unemployed since Thanksgiving. Stay strong.
    2539 days ago
    Ugh. I feel for you, I really do. We had that conversation two weeks ago at my work. My bestie work buddy was let go. It's hard. emoticon

    Keep fast walking. It helps. Probably the only thing that truly does.
    2539 days ago
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