I don't like having peoples' fates in my hands!!
December 26, 2006 7:29 AM Subscribe
I've just been informed of some things that are going to happen in the office, and will involve several people losing their jobs. I've been given the heads-up so that I can choose if I'm to be one of those people, or if I'm going to get the jobs of 3 or 4 other people when they get laid off.
posted by slyboots421 to Work & Money (18 answers total)
I work for a company that my stepfather is part owner of. He told me over Christmas that several hundred thousand dollars need to be cut from the payroll budget for 2007, and he wants me to tell him what I want to do: Stay on and take on the responsibilities of three or four other employees who would be laid off (he said it would most likely only be for about 3 months) or get laid off.
I'm leaning towards volunteering to get laid off for several reasons:
1. I absolutely should be the first to go; in two years here I've still not established a single job duty. I work where I'm needed and do what I can to stay busy.
2. I have no interest in this business and really don't want to take on job responsibilities that will "lock me in" for an indefinite amount of time, when people who have no intention of leaving would have to leave.
3. I am close with my co-workers, especially a couple of the ones who would be on the "chopping block," and I could never, ever live in good conscience doing that to them.
Part of the reason I haven't really established any job duties here is because I've been waiting to figure out what I want to do and where I want to go first. No one has expected me to stay, especially not me. I'm looking at this as the kick in the pants I need to figure out what I should do next.
For what it's worth, I have a bachelor's degree, live near Detroit and want to move sometime soon, once I get myself financially together. I've looked into training to become a court stenographer and am going to interview at a stenography school tomorrow.
I'm thinking the best bet is to go ahead with the school, as long as it's really what I want to do, and work waiting tables while I do that.
I'm pretty much sold on my thoughts, but I was hoping for some objective feedback. Or, maybe if anyone's been in a similar situation, any advice may help!
Thanks in advance. :)