It has been coming for awhile. Subtle things have happened. Difficult to analyze or describe.
First came all the promises.
We promise to expand. We promise to add more jobs. We promise you, smallworker bee, productivity, benefits, incentive, but most of all, security. This is a small town. We are a corporate giant. You depend on us and we will not let you down. You, as people, human beings, with families, and honest hard-working hearts are our first priority. Money is second to you, trifle friends.
Second comes the meetings.
Gather round, ladies and gentlemen! We want to keep you in the loop because we respect you as our employees. Here’s the thing… the economy is bust. Sales are hard, stocks are dropping. Our options are limited. I know, I know, we promised expanse but circumstances just won’t allow and it is out of our hands. Eighty of you are losing your jobs. We are “restructuring” to align your goals with ours. Do not fear though, little man! We will take good care of you. For the next two months we will decide who stays and who goes. Sit at your desks and continue performing admirably. You will know the news when it is convenient for us. You understand I am sure.
Third the goodbye emails.
You tried your hardest. It just wasn’t good enough. The factory is closing. Pack your desk by Friday. There are no jobs in this rural place. We we’re your last hope. Uproot your family and move somewhere else. Truly, minimal monkeys, we really did try but the investor’s bid was higher.
Goodbye Dear Friends,
Allow me to thank you for the energy you put into this company. It has been a pleasure working with you. Wishing you all the best and knowing we will not see each other again. I do not know where my future will go from here. I have worked for the factory for fifteen years. What will I do now? How will my family cope? Don’t believe them when they say they care. The only thing they see is green. But don’t let them get you down. We are resilient and without us there is no them. Move forward. You never know what’s in the next chapter.