Little change of plans – I’ll do the summary later (sometime this year) because I want to put more time into it. And, because something else came up… keep reading…
Last night I get a call from one of my carnival entrants. They had just gotten laid off. Irony of ironies, this person constructed a thoughtful response to my question starting YIKES (don’t worry, I won’t put the whole question here, its been in posts all week ;))… and they would do this and that and that and this. I imagine this person had a fitful night, and hope that they wake up and read through the other submissions that I’ve put in from Monday through Thursday. I don’t agree with all of it but I do agree with most of it (99%) – there are some amazing pearls of wisdom in there.
So, make a mental note to yourself, the next time I do a carnival, and it talks about how you would respond to an unfavorable situation… it is probably best to not participate
Really, though, here’s the issue. You are a hard worker. You are a valuable employee. You give 110% all the time, and more when required. You don’t waste your employers time or money. You are as loyal as they come. You add value, increase revenue, cut costs.
Honestly, I don’t care. And your employer doesn’t either. You are minutes away from losing your job, and many times for reasons that are completely outside of your control:
- Company merger or aquisition
- Poor management, immature management, micromanager has a bad day
- Business strategy and/or execution problems
- Your contract or project loses its funding
- … you get the point.
I used to think that if you lost your job it was because you were incompetent. But I came to realize (I’m slow) that so many times people that are awesome employees get the ax because of things that are completely out of their control.
If I was sitting in a cubicle, or better, a corner office, I’d take the time to read through the carnival posts carefully and figure out a game plan. The imaginary problem is “let’s say I get laid off today at 5pm. What is my plan?”
Don’t believe it can’t happen to you.