On Thursday, my former employer announced another round of layoffs–its third this year. But there were two big differences this time around.
- A larger number of people was affected: 200 now, versus 100 in January and 40 in February (all numbers approximate).
- The affected organization was sales and marketing (as opposed to recruiting in January and the radio advertising group in February), which means it’s likely that I know some of the departed.
My heart goes out to everyone who’s been caught up in this. That includes the managers who had to decide whom to let go, and all those left behind. I’ve been through layoffs at other companies (everyone at AT&T knew what the acronym RIF stood for), and I know it’s not easy for anyone.
At times like this, I remember these words:
Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.
Thank you, Joss Whedon.