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  •  Excellent post. (8+ / 0-)

    Academia has a separate set of protocols for throwing employees under the bus, but I've witnessed a number of corporate mass executions, including a friend at Radio Shack who was recently laid off the week before a giant college job fair.
    Well done. Useful advice this.

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:37:56 PM PDT

    •  Thanks... I wish I'd done more of these things (9+ / 0-)

      especially the computer stuff. My final hours were stressful and anxious trying to transfer gigabytes of files to CDs while handing off documents to the people who'd need them. My boss didn't even ask what I was working on. It was like I was just dead to them.

      I did keep in touch with several colleagues after I left to finish out some pursuits that were near capture. People said "wow, you didn't have to do that". Are you kidding me? All I wanted to see was my hard work come to fruition for my colleagues who would otherwise be risking layoffs as their backlog was used up.

      I didn't stay classy out of my respect for my employer; it was respect for my customers and my colleagues.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:41:36 PM PDT

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      •  My spouse (1+ / 0-)
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        was the same way. After his boss disappeared him, he continued to make sure that things would run smoothly after he left.
        Class is class. Well done, you.

        "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

        by northsylvania on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:39:00 AM PDT

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      •  It was certainly (2+ / 0-)
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        nice of you to hand off work to colleagues, but I don't know why anyone would even bother.

        That was the only item I disagreed with in your diary.  It's pointless to label files and assist with your firing--the company does not give a rat's butt about you and you were dead to them just like you noted in your comment.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:39:10 AM PDT

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        •  Yes and No (3+ / 0-)

          When I got laid off I saw it coming 18 months in advance. I did a lot of the things that were mentioned in the diary.

          When I was finally leaving, I left my personal contact info with a few of the survivors. They kept contacting me for about 6 months after I left. They needed history, or direction, or just a kind word and I gave it to them. My situation wasn't their fault and they needed the help. I'd hired and trained most of them. I wasn't going to strand them with no help just to spite the company management. Now, when my manager called and needed my assistance she got voice mail and several unanswered e-mails.

          I did send her a thank you note on the first anniversary of my lay off. It was one of the best things that ever happened in my professional career. It certainly didn't seem like it at the time but the 2 years prior were hellacious and stressful while everyone tried to hang on and make things work. I got out and got re-employed at something which suits me a lot better.

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