Reduced in Force - Deja Vu All Over Again
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Yesterday, wasn't a good day. I was laid off. This isn't the first time it's happened. It's now the second. Thus the deja vu all over again title of this blog. Reduced in force is the new term for being laid off.
I know I haven't been very good about blogging, mostly because I haven't had a whole lot going on in my life. Things have been pretty stable and uneventful for the past few months. No news is good news, right ?
So, here I am, starting all over again. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly shocked or surprized. I had seen this coming. The company I worked for is a large pharmaceutical that has been experiencing some serious financial issues in the past two years. As a result, they've been downsizing. The writing was on the wall as they say.
It's been a great job. I've really enjoyed working for the company. However, in the time that I've worked for them, I've also seen some changes that haven't been positive. Some of those changes have led to the job I once really loved into something toxic. Prior to being told I was getting laid off, I had already started to circulate my resume. Several co-workers are doing the same. They haven't been laid off, but with the reduction in staff, it means they'll be stuck with more work and more stress.
Some times, it's hard to know who to feel badly for; the person who lost their job and needs to find a new one or the person stuck in a job they hate, but are still getting paid. Some pretty nasty office politics has turned the work environment toxic. We were all looking to get out. I just happened to be one of the lucky first to go. On top of that, I left the job with a rather large knife handle between my shoulder blades. I can't really go into detail about the problems of office politics. All I can say is that back stabbing had become the norm.
I talked to my supervisor. He's a terrific guy in a tough spot. He wants to be able to support his team, but can't do it when he doesn't have the support of management. Another issue at the job. Well, he said I should look at this as an opportunity to move onto something better.
And that's exactly how I am looking at this. Even though I have been laid off, I am in a much better position than when I had been the first time. I have more skills on my resume. I have more desirable certifications. I have references from good people. So, hopefully, I will be able to find a new job quicker. If not, I'm not going to wallow in self pity. I've already scheduled my pity party. I'm allowed to be upset, cry, scream into my pillow, eat comfort food today and tomorrow. Come Monday, it's nose to the grindstone. I will be combing the job listings, writing cover letters and sending out resumes.
One more little story... I've been at this company for about 3 and a half years. In that time, well, like many people, I packed on a few pounds. not too many. The leftover meeting food
can be a little hard to resist. Anyway, another long story short, several months ago, my pants had gotten way too tight. I didn't fit my interview suits !! That was a very bad thing fully knowing that I could/might be laid off at any time. Needless to say, around April of last year, I started taking my own advice. I set some simple goals each week and stuck to them. Since April, I've lost 20+ pounds. My interview suits fit again !! YEAH !!!
That's how my yesterday went.