It all started with an innocuous…. Ding!
…….a meeting request dropped into my inbox at 1435 on Friday 12 June (yep they did this on a Friday afternoon), telling me I had a meeting the following Monday. The subject line was ominously only, ‘Meeting’. Myself, my line manager and the company COO were invited. I’ve had a few of these in the past, and it’s typically followed shortly after by an email telling me it’s nothing to worry about.
But this time I waited and waited, but after 30 mins it was obvious that this time, this email wasn’t coming……
Nice to see you…..
For the second time in my life, I’m redundant.. My company consider that I’ve nothing more to offer. Everyone is more skilled than me. Everyone is more liked than me. They are sick of my ‘Dad’ puns and moaning about how badly my football team are doing. Especially bitter about the Dad puns, I wanted to do something positive and make something of this really awful situation.
So I put this website together, and it’s going to grow over time.
I thought it might be interesting for someone who unfortunately finds themselves in a similar position to witness my journey through redundancy. From the very first hint that I was about to be made redundant, to when I (hopefully) find a new job. The plan is to write it all down; hopes, worries, things of interest, regret, pitfalls I’ve fallen into and just about anything else that is related.
I’m writing about my redundancy and my circumstances, and they will be different from others who could be in a much worse, or much better position then than I’m in. I’m fortunate in that given my length of service, I’ve got a pot of money to burn through before things get very bleak. Even though I can see the wolves starting to circle in the distance, they’re not yet exactly bashing down the door.
So I’m not suggesting that my approach is the right or only one. Or I’m getting through this better or worse than anyone else. This website is simply my experience.
If you have been made redundant, or you’re at risk of redundancy, then where you go from here will define the next period of your life. We’re in an awful situation at precisely the wrong time, and the next few months are going to be hard. But there are a lot of us in the same boat. A boat, at no fault of our own, that has a sprung a few leaks and is starting to sink.
And we’ve got a choice.
We can compete with each other and see who gets out of the boat first, or we can collectively start plugging holes so that we all can get to where we want to be.
Sharing this experience is hopefully the latter.
Please feel free to get in touch either through the Contact page or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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