Watching it Happen

Surprised
By a spider in the cupboard
A sudden movement
The drop of the other shoe
Paralyzed
When the danger looms
Failing to react to change
Caught in a political riptide
Downsized
By a new paradigm
Empty the desk
Turn in the keys
Disguised
Emotions suppressed
Feigned concern
Tears of joy mimicking sorrow

The Organizational Analysis and Design (OAD) process is complete. The “roll-out” has happened. There were tears of relief as well as frustration and anger. No one said it was going to be easy. No matter what was decided, not everyone was going to be happy. It is always an ugly business to have a “reduction in force”. I however, have been waiting for a quarter of a century for this to occur. Having been the whipping boy, and watched others take their turn at the pillory, it is with satisfaction that I sit back and observe the unfolding of these events. My witness confirms the adages “What goes around, comes around” and “Give them enough rope and they will hang themselves”! I will not gloat nor do I wish harm for those affected. I do not, on the other hand, feel much sadness for the individuals caught in this cataclysm.

15 thoughts on “Watching it Happen

    1. Everything is still in play. All the pieces are moving. I had my job interview for the position I’ve been doing for the last 17 years… same work different title! I should know if I have a job in a week.

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  1. I’m glad you survived — but, of course, I knew you would! Sad for those who did not, but, as you said, they did it to themselves. Change is difficult; if one can’t adapt to it it’s best to move on!

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    1. It isn’t entirely over. I had my interview today for my job. I think I’ve got a really good shot at getting that position. But there is no guarantee – it isn’t over until it is really over!

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      1. Oh, no — how demeaning to have to reapply for your own job! I hope you get the same job or better! This would be the hardest part for me, since it seems so unfair!

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        1. My job title was eliminated so I have to apply for the “new” job doing the same thing I was doing plus a little more… but the pay scale is better so I’ll deal with the inconvenience of applying for the job.

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          1. Wow — so they eliminated jobs and people all at once?! That makes it sound as if they knew how they wanted to configure the staffing before making you reapply! In that case, I really hope you get your old job back, even if it does have new responsibilities. Good luck to you!

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            1. Haha! No, they redesigned the organizational chart (21 positions down to 17) and now everyone is scrambling to apply for a position. It is more like musical chairs and we are poised waiting for the music to stop. The positions that were eliminated were management. My job title was removed and replaced but someone has to do my job and there aren’t many who are both qualified and interested. Being a policy wonk isn’t many people’s dream.

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    1. I think I’ve survived the cut. I had my interview today and I’ll know soon if I will have the job I’ve been doing for the last 17 years… The interview went well so that is done. The decisions will be made after input from a committee. Still a chance I’ll end up without a job or worse a job I don’t like.

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    1. That is my hope but there are still pieces in motion – it isn’t over yet. I’m only hoping that when the dust settles (I should know if I get a lead position in a week) there won’t be too much angst among those that remain.

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