It has definitely been a hot minute since my last post. When life gets crazy busy and I’m stuck in the dust storm, I always find myself back here – wanting to write and create.
Since my last post, a lot has happened. Just last week our country elected a new President and as the political uproar starts to settle, I’m looking forward to uniting and seeing the change America hopes for. In my professional life, last week also brought some big changes as we faced layoffs and a restructure.
This is the third time I’ve been through corporate layoffs and they’re brutal in every sense of the word. In two of these instances, employees were given notice regarding the changes to come, which I believe to be a blessing and a curse at the same time. As opposed to my first corporate layoff experience which happened without notice, our desk phones were shut off to avoid any news leaked to the media, and phones randomly rang if you were called into HR. The weeks leading up to “D-Day”, as we liked to call it in the office, were tense and full of uncertainty. Change isn’t always easy, especially when it directly affects you. Co-workers who become friends, sometimes even family, are left jobless and that’s a difficult reality to swallow. I’ve been fortunate to withstand the storm and continue to work for a company that I truly love being a part of. However, I’m not naïve to the fact that I will likely face layoffs again and may not always be left standing.
My advice to those in a similar situation is to remain valuable. I promise if you’re an asset to the company, one that would be difficult to live without, will most likely surpass any impact. Be the most valuable person in your expertise and push yourself to go above and beyond. A company will always keep you if they can’t afford to live without you. If you’re swimming with the rest of the fish in the sea, you’re not setting yourself apart or proving your significance.
However, sometimes a layoff is necessary for you personally whether you can see it at that time or not. You may not be happy in your position, you feel stuck, or dread coming to work and receiving your layoff notice was the final kick in the butt to see what greater opportunities lie ahead. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so if change happens to come your way – embrace it. As difficult as it may be to see the positive, it’s out there.
In the weeks that led up to the layoff news, I read a few articles from those who have been through this. I wanted to be prepared if it was me. This article from Refinery 29 talks about coping with that reality and it’s bound to give some reassurance and encouragement.
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB