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December 8th, 2005

My manager just dropped by - yes, it's happening again... @ 12:02 pm

Mood: sad happy & sad & aggravated
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Folks,

Our group is going through a another downsizing and today is the early-notification day. I was told that the early notification is so that the folks that are leaving can transition their work to the folks that will remain.

I've known about this, it's been in the offing for about 2 weeks, ask Dave njbigbear about my mood of late.

It seems like not long ago I was writing a similar post, 2005.10.05.0924 (to be exact), about this self-same subject and again, I am retained and it's good and it stinks!


  • It's good because I get to keep my job, the company keeps paying me to do stuff that I really like to do.

  • It stinks because some more of my friends who are good, caring, interesting, intelligent, dedicated people get to visit the unemployment lines.
  • It stinks because I have a personal relationship with just about everyone in my manager's group(s) and I know that some folks have gotten bad news and I don't want to leave my office right now because I don't want to find out who has gotten the bad news.
  • It stinks because I get to worry about when this is going to happen again and whether I'll be an unlucky one the next time.


I wish them good health and good luck and I hope that we keep in touch.

Thanks for reading.
 
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From:rwcubdad
Date:December 8th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
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well I`m certainly happy that you were retained, but you must be goin through hell. Have Dave give ya a bunch of big hugs and know that we're thinkin of ya. *smooch*
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
The hugs were quite nice...
From:mrwhistlebear
Date:December 8th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear you're going through this again, babe. Big bearhugs are always here for ya.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
Hugs back at ya!
From:njbigbear
Date:December 8th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Love ya babe! XOXOXO
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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[grin]

me u 2
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From:kymutt
Date:December 9th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that crap's goin on, bud. I guess they gotta do what they gotta do, even if they don't think (or care) about who all it'll hurt...
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
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True. Thanks!
From:detailbear
Date:December 9th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
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HUGS.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
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[hugs] back to ya!
Thanks.
From:airbearma
Date:December 9th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
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Nothing sucks more at work than when they are riffing employees. I've been real lucky at my current company but I've worked at too many in the past where monthly layoffs were part of the company culture.

*HUGS* to you and Dave.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Yup. Let's hope that we all continue to `be lucky`.

...It never used to be like this. It's gotten so, that the folks that are left wind up taking serious productivity hits around the time that this nonsense is going on. Some of us are really trying to stay focused, but it's virtually impossible.

This one was because the company decided to un-separate two business units and, I guess, they feel that they are reducing redundency. We've been working with the same number of folks for the last couple of years. I would love to know why suddenly we need fewer headcount to perform the same duties that we had a week ago.

Arrrghghhrh!
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From:choochoo68
Date:December 9th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
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glad to hear you go the chance to learn something about your co-workers...they've gone through so many drivers where i work i've never even bothered to learn most of their names :(
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
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It was/is nice getting to know the folks that I work with.

I hear ya, it may come down to that, if the company replaces any of the folks, which is Not likely, but if it does I doubt that I'll get to know them at all.

[hug]
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From:choochoo68
Date:December 14th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
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so what should i do if to stay means i'll likely have nothing but aggrivation but to leave means i'll be back over the road?
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 14th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)
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that is a personal choice and I would be honored to listen to your journey to the answer, but I cannot profess suitable depth of knowledge in your industry, nor do i possess suitable depth of knowledge of you, but, for the wont to know more...

i would gladly listen.
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From:njbearcub1
Date:December 9th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
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I wish I had known sooner, to offer some words and tummy rubs.

It especially sucks that they have to do this in December.

Be strong, kiddo.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I appreciate it. Sometimes it's better to acknowledge and then try to forget, until the day of...

yup, December. but it really sux anytime that it happens, we just seem to be more sensitive at certain times of the year.

[hug]
[rubs tummy]
[growl] thanks for rubbing mine!
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From:beartalon
Date:December 9th, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
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Not only a nasty thing to go through, but a nasty time to go through it. "Merry Christmas, your gifts will be bought with unemployment benefits."

In about three months, my colleagues will probably experience the same thing - if there are layoffs here, they have usually happened anytime from March to May. However, there has been no group layoffs since we started turning a profit again...
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:December 10th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
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yup.

Happy Holidays, remember to save up your holiday bonus so that you can buy food, heating fuel and electric this winter, now I'll take your badge and getstarted packing up your desk and personal items, the door is this way.

Let me guess, the company's fiscal year ends in June?

Yich! Good Luck. I'm thinking good thoughts about you and the folks that you mentioned that you like and that one person isn't getting any good thoughts at all...

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