Posted: May 18, 2009 in work

I’m okay. Out of nine people in our group, two got laid off. Including my wonderful friend Jen. I’m just crushed about that.

But I’m okay, and I’m re-learning to breathe. I’ll update more later, just wanted to keep all of my wonderful, supportive friends and readers up to date!


  1. dyskinesia says:

    So glad to hear that you’re all right (well, ya know, as all right as ya get – har har). So very sorry to hear about Jen. ­čśŽ

    I know we’ll all be interested to hear the news of the obvious changes and how your meeting went, but for now, just very, very glad to hear that you still get to teleconference with people who make your ears bleed. *hug*

    Calvin’s making dinner, right?

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, and thanks. Yeah, I’ll regale you all with most of the gory details.

      Calvin’s having leftover enchiladas from dinner last night. I had a sandwich at the bar – where we went as soon as I got my ass home after work. Only had toast all day – after the news that I wasn’t getting laid off, suddenly I was RAVENOUS.

  2. Calvin says:

    First things first, a huge I’m sorry to Jen and Bobby if you need anything please call.
    Thank you to all for the positive thoughts.
    Have to say they did a real shitty job of the way they handled this situation.

    • Laura says:

      I second that – Jen and Bobby, you know where we are if you need anything.

      I don’t think there’s a NON-shitty way to do this kind of thing.

  3. Robyn says:

    So sorry to hear about your friends and coworkers, but happy you were spared.

  4. koroshiya says:

    what robyn said. man. glad you’re okay, but really sorry for your friend.

  5. iamheatherjo says:

    Oh, no. I’m so sorry to hear that! Jen, I know you read so I’m sending you a great big hug, okay? ­čśŽ

    I don’t think there is a good way to handle these situations (and I’ve been through enough of them to know).

    I’m thinking of you, sweet girl and I’m really wishing July would hurry itself up.

  6. This has be tough and a very awkward for everyone. The worst period of my adult life was when I was promoted to major supervisory position only to have the company begin to “go under” a couple of years later. It came to point where I was, not only have to be the one telling them they were getting laid off…but actually haveing to amke the decisions on which one would be going next. It tore me up inside…these were friends.

    I feel for your friends and wish them the best of fortunes. You know things are tough when GOOD and PRODUCTIVE people are being let go.

    • Laura says:

      I am never EVER going to manage ANYONE. I’m perfectly happy being an individual contributor. And yes, the exact WRONG people are getting let go, while the problematic ones stay. WTF.

  7. angelcel says:

    So glad it all worked out for you, sorry to hear about Jen. It’s a cruel twist of fate, to be happy and relieved whilst standing beside others who aren’t so fortunate. Tough times …

  8. Sharon says:

    I’m very happy to read you survived the cuts but sad for Jen. I send positive vibes her way and am more than happy to post her the wine I promised you.

  9. crisitunity says:

    I third what Robyn said. Glad for you, sorry for the two who were laid off in equal measures.

  10. Taoist Biker says:

    There’s no good way to do this shit, but making you all wait over a weekend (including your boss) was one of the worse ways I can think of.

    Glad it worked out for you, but terribly sorry for your friend Jen. All of you deserved better than what you got from your higher-ups. I hope (probably unreasonably) that they are losing sleep over this. If not, may they suffer a crippling bout of impotence right after paying their most expensive hookers. And baldness. Let’s not forget that.

    • Laura says:

      Actually my boss knew who he’d have to let go, late Friday night. He came in on Monday morning at 4:00 a.m. because he couldn’t sleep. As for how upper management is affected, I’m sure it’s not at all. But I’ll pray alongside of you for impotence and baldness. At the same time. In the same area. So there.

  11. Kim says:

    I was waiting impatiently to hear something on Twitter, then ended up feeling like crap yesterday afternoon and leaving work to go home and sleep the rest of the day. I woke up this morning, like AAGGHH – I hope she’s okay. I’m glad you’re okay. I’m really sorry for your friend Jen. I don’t know her, but I still feel bad.

    • Laura says:

      I hope you’re feeling better! I know Jen will be fine – we’re all hunting up jobs for her and we have The Power of the Innernets.

  12. Jean says:

    Three rounds of this at my company since last December. Never, ever fun or easy, but that BS of making you wait over the weekend was like a Saturday Night Live skit or something. DUMBASSES.

    Glad you’re safe and sorry for your friends!

  13. Megan says:

    I have that feeling you get when you are reading a book and there is a battle. Against seemingly insurmountable odds the hero of the book survives the battle! Hooray! But then the hero looks around for the amicable side-kick, and –THUD– that loveable minor character did not make it through the battle.

    It is hard seeing these things on the news, even harder (of course) when they happen to people you know. So I am happy for you Laura (well, probably melancholy for you would be a more apt description) and sad for Bobby, and so very very sad for Jen because I feel like she is someone that I know ever-so-tangentially. Jen of the cute messages in your cubicle and highly caloric surprise snacks and smart-alecy emails and walking through the hot parking lot toward lunch. Am I making any of these up? It seems like these are all things you have mentioned about Jen in the past. Jen, there are at least (from counting these responses)–at least– thirteen people sending good karma waves, happy thoughts, prayers, what-have-you, your way. May all that positive energy reach you and be some sort of help, or at the very least, comfort.

    • Laura says:

      Aww! Jen’s my sidekick! I’m sure she’ll protest and say that she’s a Super Hero in her own right. Which she is. And you got it exactly right, you HAVE been paying attention, haven’t you? She’s “that” Jen. I’m going to miss my buddy! I’m still hoping for divine intervention before she actually HAS to leave.

  14. Kami-O says:

    Glad to hear that your ok….Sorry to Jen and family…being laid off is never fun…I do work on assisting people to get jobs…If Jen needs help, send her my way!

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