the impact of layoffs at work

12 09 2007

One of the drawbacks to working at large, public corporations is that they sometimes have layoffs (also called downsizing) when the quarterly results aren’t what was expected.  Obviously this has huge implications for the associates who are laid off, forcing them to begin a new chapter in their career.  This has happened several times where I’ve worked for ten years, but this week it really hit home.  Let us begin with day 1 of this new chapter.

I got a call from my business unit leader (BUL) this morning for an immediate meeting downstairs in a room next to the front door.  Given the rumors and what had been announced today, this was an ominous sign.  And indeed it was.  Effective immediately, my employment was terminated.  Just like that, ten years of loyalty were tossed away because the company missed its earnings-per-share target.

Fortunately, I had backed up all my personal files on my work laptop the evening before, so I didn’t lose anything.  I get to collect my personal belongings from my desk next week, after hours.  It’s going to be really weird going back there for the last time.  While my cubicle by the window definitely did not feel like home, I have spent many, many hours there over the past several years.

Being fired can create a myriad of unusual feelings, but it didn’t impact me too much.  I’m not angry.  My BUL didn’t want to do this.  He said his hand was forced because of the economic situation.  He sounded genuinely sad during the final meeting.  And he even had tears in his eyes while he walked me to the front door, apologizing for this having to happen, and he wished me well.  I’m also not worried at all.  I know God will provide, like He always has.  I’ve been in a much worse financial situation, right out of college, and God took care of all my needs in miraculous ways.  This situation is definitely not too big for God.

But I do feel somewhat hurt and unappreciated.  This feeling surfaced a few years ago when we quit getting regular raises due to the recession.  And I felt this way last year when I got an unfavorable review (from someone I don’t even work with).  But this time it’s more piercing.  However, it’s not too big a deal, because I don’t define myself by my career, nor do I build my self-esteem based on my job.  But nonetheless, it still hurt to be suddenly let go, unexpectedly.  But I will move on.

So what happens now?  I’m not sure yet.  I’ll be praying about what I’m supposed to do.  I’d like to pursue my side business full-time, doing some music ministry with it, but I have to find God’s will.  Either way, God will lead me in the way I should go.  Plus, I now have lots of extra time to pray and seek Him.  🙂

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10 responses

12 09 2007
Fab

Sorry about your situation, but you’re right. God will provide and He’ll show you what’s next. Trust and believe. Oh, and pray that your wife keeps her good job. Yeah, that’ll help too. 🙂

14 09 2007
mzmobo

I knew the second we were told that our unit would be affected that it would be me. There were automated processes in place to catch anything not able to be touched by human hands already. I’d been laid off before–by the same company–which came in the form of a phone call 15 minutes before i went in telling me not to come–however, while the lay-off was anticipated, the way you feel being stripped of access, escorted to the door like a potential criminal, and let to know that someone else would pack your personal things felt like being violated. I guess that was a lot of talk just to say I can kinda of understand, but not 10 years worth, and I’m sorry.

Now to say this. It may have seemed like their decision. It may have impacted many, many others. However, when you walk in love with the Lord your steps are ordered by him and NOTHING can be done to you without your Father’s permission. It might have been man’s decision, but in my life, and in yours, Beppo, it couldn’t have happened without his permission. And I want to share something else with you…don’t look for open doors that you can walk through on solid ground. Look for open windows where you can SOAR!!!

and enjoy the extra Jesus time…I know I already am. I’m so thankful for everything…I find my self thanking him for hugs, giggles, and precious times between my hubby and my girls. and I am covering everything my husband touches, every place his feet step, and every where he looks to be blessed by the God of all creation!

14 09 2007
mzmobo

Numbers 6:24-26

24 ” ‘ “The LORD bless you
and keep you;

25 the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;

26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” ‘

14 09 2007
Beppo

Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m actually excited about it, wondering what God will lead me to do next. And I’ve been ready for a few days off. This has given me more time to pray and study, as well as time for taking care of some other things that I’ve been needing to do — like exercising. 🙂

I agree that God let this happen. As John Kilpatrick says, “Everything is Father-filtered” for the believer. God certainly was not surprised by this development, and He already has set before me what steps I need to take. And His plan for my life will lead me to things greater than I can even dream of. It’s so awesome to know that God is in control and that He takes care of me. It’s likely that some of the other people who were laid off don’t have this assurance, so I pray that this situation leads them to seek God.

14 09 2007
Fab

Y’all sound so cool and at peace about being fired. I wish I felt that way about my work! Maybe I should ask to be laid-off, draw unemployment, sit around and watch Bonanza and eat cheetos. 🙂

15 09 2007
Sambo

GOD is doing some STUFF in our church and in our lives. When I found out mzmobo had been layed off i had a wonderful feeling of excitement that i couldn’t explain– except i knew GOD was in it all the way—- HE is moving in ways we don’t see – but HE knows exactly what HE is doing!!!!!!!!! Sorry FAB — GOD didn’t put them in their position to watch bonanza and eat cheetos — HE has a mighty work for them to do and they couldn’t do it and be tied down on a job — SAMBO– PS DID I MENTION HOW EXCITED I AM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15 09 2007
Sambo

I RE READ THESE COMMENTS AND “”””BOY , AM I EXCITED “” SAMBO

18 09 2007
Beppo

Why shouldn’t we feel at peace about being laid-off? I know, that sounds crazy, but shouldn’t we have peace even during the storm? Think about Philippians 4:6-7 — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Yeah, it seems like craziness to some people to consider that I’m not stressed, but God gives peace that passes all understanding. There’s no need to worry, even though I don’t know where my next steps will lead me. God will direct my paths. (see Prov. 3:5-6, Jer. 29:11)

And Romans 8:28 gives a very reassuring promise for the believer, that all things work for good. We can take comfort in that even before we see what the good will be, because we know God keeps His Word. So it’s actually exciting to consider what will happen next, how God will work this out.

25 10 2007
Beppo’s Blog » Blog Archive » Should I compare myself to Jesus?

[…] While I’m at this crossroads in my career, wondering what I will next be doing, I’ve been thinking about how much I’ve accomplished with my life and how much I should be accomplishing.  I’m currently 33 years old (although I don’t feel that old, but that’s what the math says), so I’ve had quite a few years on this earth already.  I also think about how Jesus’ ministry on earth was for 33 years.  Jesus accomplished a lot.  I’ve bore some fruit for the Kingdom of God and I’m involved in several different ministries, but I’m nowhere near the standard that Jesus set.  And Jesus said we can be doing greater works than He did.  (Look in John 14:12; He really said it.) […]

25 02 2008
Beppo’s Blog » Blog Archive » the new chapter of my career

[…] Some of you have asked about my job / career status since I was laid-off, so I will announce it here for all the world to see.    I am going into the music industry full-time.  I will be self-employed at this time.  I will be operating a recording studio, to record artists so they can make CDs or MP3s to put online, and I will be teaching piano lessons.  (So if you’re in Conway or central Arkansas and looking for these kinds of services, please visit my business website — which will be updated soon to reflect the new changes.) […]

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