It’s Tuesday morning, when you arrive at the office early. Everything seems normal. Co-workers in the break room discussing this weekends events, and the management team is huddled in the Operations Manager’s office—looking like they’re reading a football play.
The last thing you expected this morning was an invitation to the management team’s meeting. Everyone was smiling and they offer you a seat. You slowly sit down not knowing what to expect—because it’s Tuesday. No team meeting is ever on Tuesday. Because you generally perform your job above average, you qualify for half day off Fridays due to your dedication and commitment to the team.
Today, Tuesday is going to be different.
The Operations Manager opens up the meeting by stating all the great attributes you have exhibited and how you are team player and how the company is very satisfied with your job performance. He goes on and say, however, some unpopular decisions will have to be made. Management has decided that several positions will be eliminated and other positions will not be filled – which through attrition will help the company with its new goals. So now you hear these words……we have enjoyed working with you – but we are forced to reduce our staff and your job is one that is being eliminated. Now we don’t want you to take it personal, see its just business, it’s the position we are eliminating –not that we are dissatisfied with your performance in any way. Yadi, yadi, you know the rest.
So tell, me what are you thinking? How are you feeling? What will you do? Who will you tell first? Second?
Do you cry? For goodness sake don’t cry. I am sure you
have a hundred questions, but you can’t seem to open
your mouth to ask even one question. You just get up
and say…..ok….and sort of drift out the room. You’re not sure how you got to your desk. You just sit there and look in a daze. Now co-workers begin to come to your desk asking questions. You don’t say a word. Water is welling in your eyes…you blink…..and now there goes the tears….
Understand in 2013 companies are sending employees home by the droves…especially the mature experienced workers.
So what’s the solution? How do you prepare yourself for Tuesday? The day you get invited into the boss’ office– when they let the hammer down gently on your head. What recourse do you have? Can you appeal the decision? You continually say…I’m mad as h*ll. You ask questions like–how could this happen to me.
Or better yet — what did I do?
If you have not been downsized, right sized, job eliminated, or just plain old fired—and don’t know how this feels…let me tell you it is not a good feeling at all. You begin to have feelings of guilt, rejection and feeling unwanted. You get a headache, and you feel nauseated. You just want to die….or so you think.
Believe me based on the world economy, anything is possible. Let’s look at some strategies for preparation if you are asked leave…known as PRO-EXIT strategies.
Strategy #1 –Continue to look for employment—stay in interview mode. Don’t get so comfortable with their job that you actually begin to think it’s yours. Always be looking for employment opportunities. Keep your options open.
Strategy #2 – Learn everything you can about your peer’s job.. I mean everyone’s job; downline, upline and sideline. You never know who is watching you and what skills you can gain that will lead you to the next job assignment.
Strategy #3 – Volunteer for community outreach organizations. Human Resource Directors and corporate leaders are usually heavily involved in community reinvestment activities – networking can improve your opportunities for connections for future employment.
Strategy #4—Listen and pay attention to what is going on within your company. Ask management questions about the future of the company. Don’t assume just because you are given a half day off on Friday, and a good evaluation—all is well. Do some research on the company (google) and see what analyst might be saying. Most times the handwriting is on the wall about the future of your company.
Strategy#5—Have a part-time business (Independent Contractor). You should always have a business on the side, something for yourself, which can help you earn money part-time, as well as help you improve your personal growth and development skills. This could lead to future employment opportunities.
Strategy #6 – continue to educate yourself. You are never too old to learn. Readers are leaders. Attend college or take necessary courses that will help you master your skills. Let the company know you are someone who cares about enriching yourself and others.
Remember no job is promised to anyone. You must become the CEO of your life. Be proactive and do everything necessary to position yourself for success.
I agree with Mamie Brown’s, baby boy, Les Brown when he said you must “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is YOU who will get YOU where YOU want to go – no one else.”
Today could be Tuesday.