Comments: Scary Dances

Oh crap - that's no fun... I will keep my fingers crossed for you...

Posted by Richmond at March 18, 2009 10:31 PM

Speaking from experience, "numb" is only one of the unpleasant feelings you'll be having, whether you keep your job or not.

I'm afraid it's going to be years before ANYone can feel "safe" about their careers.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you......

Posted by George at March 19, 2009 08:34 AM

George- This isn't the first time I've been to this dance. I just didn't expect it so soon this time.

This one will be easier. My boss will just say, "We don't have a contract" and I'll clear out my crap and leave.

Before, when I was at Co. X, we all just sat at our desks, while the boss came and tapped someone on the shoulder... and then they did some death march to a conference room where there awaited the manager and HR.

You never really knew who it would be. Phones would be deathly silent for hours while it happened and then it would end and the phones would start ringing and you'd hear, 'OMG! Did you hear they walked so and so out? Can you believe they let HIM go?' and blah blah blah for the next week as everyone tried to figure out who the casualties were.

And then the mandate from up high, "If you are caught making lists, you'll be fired on the spot" and we'd all roll our eyes because we're all engineers and mental list makers and we sure as hell didn't need paper and pen to make a list.

Nope. Not my first time at this dance. I'd say about the 10th... its just caught us off guard as we thought we were safe with our contract.

Posted by Bou at March 19, 2009 08:41 AM

I'm sorry Bou.

We're getting more and more scared as each day you hear another newspaper has closed its doors. Husband, as you know, is in the newspaper business. We need me to find work before he loses his job. And it's inevitable that he will lose his job. We just hope he gets another 2 years out of it before all the newspapers die.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at March 19, 2009 08:44 AM

Sending prayers for you and "the guys".

Been there, doing that, know way to many people doing that too.

There is no advice to give, it's not something that easy to understand or go though. It's horrible sitting their day after day wondering if it's your last.

Posted by Quality Weenie at March 19, 2009 09:30 AM