Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Saying goodbye

Today was an eventful day at work. Nearly 100 people heard today that there was no need for their services anymore, starting the first of January 2015. I know it happens to a lot of people, but the same applies to this, as it does to all things: the closer it gets to home, the worse you feel about it. My job seems to be safe - for now - but to see all those people leave will be hard. Some I know for over 20 years.

All man and women with a mortgage, kids, obligations. Expectations. And broken dreams. There is no such thing as "it's only work". Today we heard who could stay and who had to leave. And I hate so see them go. It's not that the rest of us will have to work harder to do the same amount of work with less people, it's saying goodbye to people I found today the most difficult. And to show that you are happy for those who stay. Sure I'm glad that they were the lucky ones, but you know..

I hate saying goodbyes. I'm not very good at it.

11 comments:

  1. Oh Han...I know exactly what you are going through...I have gone through the same thing three times at one company...twice I was one of the people staying and the last time, I was one of the people 'released'. I have been downsized, restructured and outsourced. My heart goes out to all of you...sending prayers and positive energy for all.

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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  2. Thank you Cat. It is actually the second time for me to go through this, the first was six or seven years ago. Let's hope the last will take a while shall we?

    Anyway, I want tto thank you for your kind words, they do makde me feel a little better.

    Han

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  3. In today's world, I think this has happened to almost everybody at least once. It's a fact of life today but it doesn't make it any easier being the one leaving or the one left behind. You always seem to be waiting for the next shoe to drop.

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    1. Yes, you are right, it happens. This is the second close call for me. And somehow it is more difficult if these are the fellows you know so well.

      Thanks for stopping by, Leigh,
      Han

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  4. This breaks my heart. Loyalty to a company, as in working for the same company for 20years, goes unrecognized. How do you say good bye to your co-workers that you have formed bonds with. I hope the company, at least, provides a severance package and tries to help them with finding new jobs. The job market, here in the USA, is terrible. Sorry to hear about your sadness. Prayers to all the people that have to move on

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Strange how words can comfort a man. Yes it it like every kind of goodbye, it is so strange you will probably never see them again and yet you spend so much time everyday with them.
      You are a kind woman,
      Han

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  5. Can I quote you on the "kind woman" part the next time I am called the meanest mom in the world?

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    1. Oh, yes you can quote mr, van Meegeren :-) Don't worry, wait a few years. Until they meet their mother in law. I promise you will the best mom ever, and they have always said so.

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  6. Han, what a rotten experience for you, but especially for those who are laid off. Those who can stay are feeling badly for them.

    a rotten situation.

    appy

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    1. You know what annoys me to no end, Appy? Today some idiot came today to work with pie to celebrate that members of his team were not fired. OK, I know in every big compagny there are assholes. So I had this morning a very sastifying discussion with this man about company sensitivity.

      It really helps to blow off steam once in a while. Maybe he didn't deserve the full extent of my frustration. But it relieved me, anyway.


      Thank you for you sympathy, Appy. I appreciate it.

      Han

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  7. It was thoughtless of course, but I can understand his relief. He probably wanted to share that not thinking about the other who will have to leave.
    I also can understand your point. People are very egocentric these days.

    You are a fine colleague.

    appy

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