I am a big girl. A professional.
I have been laid off before.
I have quit before. Both types of exits done with grace and class.
I have NEVER burned a professional or personal bridge. Never.
“Don’t take it personally,” they said. “It’s a business decision.”
How could I not?
I was the ONLY one let go.
I had OVER performed.
I had NEVER had a performance review.
I had one raise I built into my employment letter.
The company was thriving, thanks in a large part to my role and my effectiveness.
I was productive, effective, a team player and loyal.
(Note that last word)
And at my interview, they boasted about company integrity. And how I would work there forever.
I wasn’t told in person. And just a week prior I was at a trade show with the whole group. No one said a word. I was included in meetings.
Instead I get a phone call: “We decided to pull all you do in house (I am remote). ”
And the instant I end the call, I get a last text from my hiring manager, who wasn’t even on the layoff call:
Four words: “I am so sorry.”
That was the extent of our communication.
Half an hour later: Email and work phone shut off.
I shipped back all my work equipment. I got a small severance.
I cried. Yelled. Shared it with others.
Everyone I have told about this asked the same thing: WTF.
Never have I been treated so poorly by an employer. And I had a boss who YELLED a long time ago.
And about those bridges I never burned?
One was burned for me.
I am learning the hard way people and companies may not be what they “sell” themselves to be.