What I Know vs…

I’m not even in full on rant mode yet.

I had a meeting with my supervisor. I’m going to mix what was actually said with what I speculatively know about these situations. Unfortunately, over the years I’ve learned corporate bullshit doublespeak. And kids, cover your eyes if you’re sensitive. I’m going to be raw, uncensored, and probably quite negative. Sunshine, roses, and unicorn farts to follow in another post.

I have worked for multiple companies that have gone belly up. It happens. Usually due to mismanagement. This is not entirely the case.

Our previous department head was very, very kind, open, approachable, heck- loveable. She was the first in and the last out on the day shift most days. She had been with the company for a very, very long time. Really, she was the best boss you could have asked for. Cut from a different mold entirely. And then she retired.

And we got these new people (and I’m trying to keep this pleasant. I have other terminology I like to use for a couple of them.) Day one it was made clear that they were going to do things the “new way” and make “big changes.” All the rhetoric you would expect from a new administration.

All of us old timers automatically knew that pretty much meant they were going to come in and clean house, change literally everything around, and probably fire most of the old guard. And today that’s pretty much what we were told.

They’re going to keep all the kids that are drinking their Cool-Aid. They’re going to play favorites. I’m about 90% sure my job is going away in about 6-9 months.

For once my gut and the circumstances are lining up on the same groove. I won’t get into too many specifics, but what I do can be automated easily. All of us who are somewhat tech savvy knew an algorithm can do this job. Of course our shiny new bosses caught onto this fact. yay…

But they don’t want us to react like we’re all losing our jobs because we might still have a position in the company… blah blah blah blah-blah. (Translation: I’m screwed.) Position in the company being what? Custodian again? Not on my salary. Not on my schedule.

And I can almost promise if this all goes down, I might very well forget to turn the other cheek. By that, I mean I may very well proverbially butcher them on social media, my blog and job sites that allow reviews. Bad word-of-mouth advertising is just as detrimental and good reviews are effective. Or I might have calmed down by then. Who knows?

That’s what I know in my head. This situation is pretty grim financially and in terms of providing for my family. I know plenty of people who have been decimated by Coronavid in a similar fashion.

So, in the tradition of keeping my LoA teachings alive- I am grateful to still have my job. I am grateful I have a car that runs. I am grateful I have a home to go to. I am grateful for my wife and children being healthy and well-fed. Miracles happen every day. The Universe is benevolent and this too, shall pass.

More on this shortly.

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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