After Coming Back from the Company Picnic
I worked for a Civil Environmental Consultant group out of Pittsburgh in another state. In early 2005 I quit my job in a very small engineering firm in town (14 employees), because they offered more money and a promotion, all this was during the housing boom coming to an end. Toward the end of 2006 I started to notice that our volume of work in the residential was 50% less than a year ago and that new bosses were coming in and old bosses were coming out. I thought that maybe it was a shake down in management, I seen it before with other companies, so i didn’t pay much attention to it. In the meantime due to lack of work we were assigned to work on other departments or we were given other tasks and/or projects from other offices in other states. I had the luck of working in a project with another office (TN), translating a document from English to Spanish for the University a very technical and extensive project.
Two months before my lay off an email was sent to all the employees about the picnic, so I decided to go because it was going to be our mini-vacation in PA I live in Ohio.
Everything was fine when I came back work, but right before it was time for me to go home, my boss told that he needed to talk to me and then he gave me news that I was lay off and I wasn’t the only one today, I told him that I knew the routine (I have been laid off before), we shake hand, sign papers and out the door I went.
Tuesday late afternoon he called me at home and ask me if I could go back and finish the project for the other office which was due the following monday and that it was going to be very hard if not impossible to find someone who could translate the project due to the complexity and the use of technical terms and if I could come to the office and finish it. and that I didn’t have to give him my answer right away but he would like to have it not later than first thing in the morning.
After I hang up, I started to analized what he had just asked me, so I called him right back and I said to him “due to events of yesterday I believe that’s a company priority and not one of mine therefore he would have to find someone else to finished it”. The only thing that I regret is that I should have waited until wednesday or thursday late afternoon to give him my answer.
This post was submitted by Luis.