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Gah. I feel sick.

Layoffs today. Sigh. And yet, that's not what I'm sick about. I didn't get laid off, thankfully (though I'm expecting I will be come February - I'm ready for that), and neither did anyone in my studio, but a handful of people at the corporate office did. One of them is a good friend, so, about an hour or so after the announcement, I IMed him and told him that I was sorry, and asked if there was anything I could do, and he replied, "With what?" Turns out, he's on PTO today and had no idea what had happened.

He, of course, started asking me what was going on, and I asked my boss what to do, and he said don't answer him. So I fled - hard-stopped the IM client (which doesn't have an "exit" or a "log off" button, for some reason), got off Facebook, etc. And then sat here and tried to work, feeling like throwing up.


I finally returned to Facebook and messaged him, telling him that I couldn't just leave him hanging, and told him to call in to his manager, because I can't tell him what's going on. I haven't heard back from him since - I assume he's having his termination meeting now, over the phone.

I really feel terrible. But I think I did the right thing. I don't think it's right for me to turn my back on him once I made the initial mistake of inadvertently letting him know that something was wrong. The news really shouldn't have come from me, but I had to take responsibility for it once it happened.



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Dec. 1st, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's a very bad position to be put in. Really, they had no right to tell the whole group who has been let go until they had that meeting with each person involved. It leads to very awkward situations.

That said, you tried to do the right thing in offering your support, and you were right that you couldn't leave your friend hanging after an IM like that. It's certainly not your fault that they let everyone know before they met with individuals.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
I think what they tried to do - and this is how I've seen it handled at all of my other layoffs - is hold the two meetings, one for the people being laid off and one for the survivors, at the same time. Ideally, then everyone is told at the same time, but this time, no one seemed to have bothered checking to see if all of the layoff people were at work.

Luckily, my friend understand what happened and why I reacted the way I did. And he's been seeing it in the cards for a while, so he's already been looking for a new job. But still... sigh.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad he understood the position you were put in. I hope things work out for everyone in the end. The survivors, as you pointed out, are left to ponder the next time and how long they've got left, along with concern for their former coworkers. Nasty business on all fronts.
Dec. 3rd, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey...I'm so sorry. What a horrid situation. They should have let him know immediately, so you wouldn't be caught out like that and he wouldn't be left in the dark. I am so, so sorry...

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