Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Oh to be an Ostrich

Today I wanted to be an Ostrich, I wanted to stick my head in the sand and just have the world pass me by for a few hours....

I found out today that our company is downsizing. We are letting several of our employees go. I found out that my position is changing....or should I say doubling. I will now wear two hats. I will do my current job and also now do another position. My concern is that both of the positions are key positions that take time and detail. Right now what I do takes an actual 40 hour week and they want me to do an additional position which is a 40 hour week position.

My manager presented the new employee flow chart to me today and the changes looked great on paper. I wanted to know how things were going to work in a real sense...not just on a piece of paper. They are going to have 3 office people do what 7 people are currently doing. None of us could legitimately figure out how we were going to do the work of 7 people. We all agreed that we would buy into the new plan of the G.M, but also let him know that if the work loads were too much he would be the first to know.

This new plan unfold mid January, hopefully things go ok...if not, there is always my blog to let out the frustration.

13 comments:

Em said...

We're ready for the gnashing of teeth and screaming. Seven turned into three just seems like asking too much. Best of luck!!

Chucky said...

hum. you have fun with that.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

That sucks! I could tell you that at least you are not one of the people who's loosing their job but it almost sounds good compared to what you are facing. Good luck!

Jay said...

That is always difficult. I've been through this before too. They always talk about "economies of scale" and "improved efficiency" and all those other great corporate code words.

Best of luck to you. I hope you are able to incorporate the two jobs into one manageable job.

bardouble29 said...

em - Thanks, I'll need it...I think there might be a little crying and fits in there too. lol

Chucky - ALWAYS!

Whimsical - I could tell you that at least you are not one of the people who's loosing their job

I kept telling myself that same thing all day...I think I have myself convinced I am one of the "lucky" ones.

jay - Well I will keep everyone posted as to how much hair I end up pulling out...

Jonathan Maze said...

Sorry to hear about that. And I bet that they won't PAY you double, either.

That's why I spend my day stealing from my company.

Halo7528 said...

sweetheart it isn't like you don't already do the job, now you are just being told to ;)

The Wizened Wizard said...

I have a dream...

I have a dream that the people of the world realize that so few of the things we call needs are essential at all.

I have a dream that we each share in producing those things we truly must have or that enrich our lives: food, reasonable shelter, healthcare, the arts (not plastic shit, guns or motorized toys).

In my dream, outsourcing, downsizing, job stress are all part of the folklore of past times.

"Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world..."

Okay, so I'm a fucking socialist. But aren't these current productivity and employment trends insanity?

A Slice of Life said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Jay's. I've enjoyed prowling around your blog a bit.

Downsizing always stinks. I hope they realize what they've done before it's too late!

RockDog said...

Downsizing sucks for everyone...well, except the people at the top. Good luck with the Ostrich thing!

Craig D said...

Well, Happy F'ing New Year!

I've been throught that drill several times, myself. It can be and will be stressfull, but it's amazing how things will level out (sooner or later!)

Hope your company has an uptick soon and re-staff itself.

Oh, and how can we tell how many hats you're wearing if your head's in the sand.

BEST WISHES & BEST OF LUCK!

bardhol said...

Geez, I could never stand in the same position for 40 hours. You must wish you were a flamingo after that.
i mean, don't let the bastards grind you down, pal, and thanks for adding me to your blogroll!

Dirk_Star said...

Total bummer...

Good luck making things work and don't let it get you down if things don't work out.