Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Unexpected Layoff (pt. 1)

When you've been in a "permanent" position with a state agency for 6 years, and your job performance consistently receives a high rating, receiving a layoff notice is quite a surprise.  I received a layoff notice about a week ago, and I thought it might be helpful to blog about it.

So far, I have found the big struggle is focused around two recurring things.  First, it's hard to shake the idea of personal worth and importance.  We all think that we make a difference, even in a bureaucracy.  And the truth is, we do make a difference-- every single one of us.  There is no single person on the face of the planet that has the skill set and unique abilities that you and I possess. We are truly one-of-a-kind.  Beautifully and wonderfully made.  That's the truth.  But when the notice arrives, the doubts are not far behind.  This is a mental, emotional and (at times) spiritual battle that must be won through renewing our minds with truth.

The second thing is a question that so many loving, well-meaning friends and acquaintances ask. You know the question:  "So, have you lined up something else?" or "So, what do you want to do?"  I truly think this is the question that 90% of Americans in the workforce don't want to answer honestly.  And, I guess the best thing about having a job is that only a really close friend will ask that.  But, when you get the notice, the question is not far behind.

So, before I answer the question, let me throw it back to you:  Do you know what you want to do?

1 comment:

  1. I think I want to quit my job and work in my flower garden as often as I wish. Unfortunately, I will probably work until I get laid off.


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