Lay-Off Experience After More Than a Decade of Service
June 3, 2010 1:24pm CST
It was like a gambling experience, where your part was one of the cards. For about 4 years of rendering service in this company A, a big group bought the company. Company A was transferred to another location and merged with a sister company B. Many employee resigned, others followed (I was one of those who were convinced). This transition took about 1 1/2 years. Then, top management decided again to relocate the merged company A&B to a sub-group I's vicinity. Manpower was reduced again and was merged with another sister company C. This transition again took about 1 1/2 years. Then, company C was separated and relocated to another city, and sister company A&B was relocated to another sub-group II. The transition took another 2 1/2 years. Then, factory of sub-group II closed, manpower were reduced thru lay-offs, and we were transferred back to sub-group I's new plant inside their vicinity. About 1 year when the new plant was closed, almost 75% of manpower were laid-off. The remaining were divided and transferred to different departments of sub-group I. Since I was in a position whose role was management related and whose contract was under the head group, I was one of those being decided by top management either to maintain or let go. My experience in the company was like living on the same roof without permanent bedroom for more than a decade. Despite the ups and downs experiences, I kept my loyalty and dedication at work. I know one of those days will come when it will be my last stay in that home, so I was prepared. One day I received the notice of my lay-off, I wasn't that surprised at all. For a week I have contemplated on acceptance of the fact. Then, I was called by one of the sub-group I's independent department telling me that I will be starting with a new position with them. It didn't took a day for me to change my heart back... so, I chose to be laid-off. As I have said, I was one of the playing cards.