As I had expected, news of my dismissal triggered a significant drop of morale. It’s not who is getting fired, but that someone at my level, who is not a political player is getting fired and the apparent reasons (or lack of) for the termination.
So far, the news has been restricted to 2 colleagues that I confide in, my immediate boss (let’s call him IB), the subordinate that he has been grooming to succeed him, and my peers in another sub-department.
Other then my 2 confidants, the rest heard it from IB.
For the last 2 years, there has already been an undercurrent of discontent in the company, mainly because the company is not progressing and the big boss seems to be doing everything except his actual job; i.e. to direct the company, grow it, lead us to make it successful, make lots of money and afford us some good bonuses. However, due to the decent, if not good, department heads, friendly colleagues, and a mostly pleasant and low pressure working environment, the need to leave isn’t very urgent. Most are just waiting for the right job to come along. Some use the opportunity to pursue further studies so they can move on to better jobs.
IB just revealed that he was considering leaving the company in the second half of this year. Now he is more resolved to. He told me his successor was very upset (about the circumstances of my termination), and the rest are now quite concerned for their own job security.
Past “retrenchment” exercises, while demoralising, weren’t as “devastating” (for want of a better word) as the reasons given were due to poor economy, cost-cutting, and/or wholesale termination of large projects. I guess it’s something we mostly accept as part of employment, even if we don’t like it. However, in my case, there is no reasonable justification for the termination.
Although I was whining about the injustice, etc. last week, I’ve gotten over it. The world isn’t fair and while I never expected it at my level and was completely blind-sided, I should not have been surprised that I’ve been touched by corporate politics. I’ve been lucky in my career thus far; all my immediate work environments have had very little, if any, politics.
Get up, move on.
Alright, I’ll admit it, I still want to burn his office down.
Incidentally, IB still got his way and put my appraisal down as “Good” and that got me a teeny, weeny increment. 2 digits.
Oh, hooray… * read with a big dose of sarcasm *
Anyway, the “good” rating will come in handy if I decide to pwn big boss’s ass for unfair termination.
I checked the newspapers and a few websites this weekend and found some openings for polytechnic lecturers. Business plans are still being formed, but it’s still better that I have some form of stable income.