Thursday, June 09, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, there were rumors of layoffs at my company. It is all hush hush and unless you happen to know someone who is affected, you might not even know it is going on. It seems to me that layoffs are a "never ending" story that hurt many people. It used to be that maybe I could understand why some layoffs happened -- job performance, skills required, etc. However, that is no longer the case. You can simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In my mind, it is no longer the stigma that it used to be although it is still as painful with this job economy.
I heard that one person committed suicide and may not have even been directly impacted by the layoffs. Of course, no one is talking and it wasn't at my location. However, I can only hurt even thinking that someone could take their life over a "job".
Life lessons can be terribly tough for many people and certainly not fair. However, I believe that we all need identities that are NOT linked to the "job" we current perform. The old days of a "job" defining who we are and our self worth need to re-evaluated.
I've been spared this time, but I have no doubt that one day I will be in this situation. I pray that I can handle it knowing that I have a family that cares for me and we will try to get through it together.
Mostly, I hope that our top business executives will actually think about what they are doing to good people. My company is doing very well in this economy. There is no reason for these actions other than to continue to drive down costs for even more profits in the near future.
I know this is a very serious topic for a Blog but it is all I can think about now. Take Care!