Only one casualty in this class, and limited time left
I work for the federal division of a more-or-less megacorp. The company has been re-structuring for several years, so layoffs are not atypical - but now that the plummeting stock market has resulted in our stock being a penny stock, the layoffs have increased dramatically.
This week I'm in a training course on how to use business architecture software, which is mildly interesting if you like describing things (and I do).
On Monday, the instructor was visibly nervous - over half of the training organization have been let go since the beginning of December, and she received an email from her boss during class, instructing her to "call me" in short order. The instructor was openly wondering if she would have a job at the conclusion of training this Friday.
As it turned out, she still has a job - she can actually deliver training (unlike the people who write it and manage delivery), so she gets to stay.
On Tuesday, one of the guys in the class, from a commercial sector office in Chicago, got word that he was to call his boss the next morning. He didn't bother coming back to class because he could guess: his boss didn't wait until he was back in the office, he canned him long distance on Wednesday morning. Charming.
So people were a bit jittery yesterday, to say the least. But it looks like that might be it for "headcount reduction" for this group of alleged students, which is a plus.
(I'm on a project which is on year 2 of a five year federal contract with yearly orders, so I'm reasonably secure in remaining empoyed for the time being... which is fine.)
Still, as bad as the long distance pink slip was, it could have been worse - I was talking to one of my colleagues this afternoon and she was relaying the story of how a former boss of hers chickened out during layoffs and made her call a co-worker while he was on vacation to tell him that he'd been laid off. That may be my new peak water mark for management ass-hattery (sp?).