Terminated three times over a three year period by the same company!
The first time was December, 2002. I was told that my job was being phased out and the elimination of my employment had nothing to do with performance (I guess not since I was recognized as one of the outstanding salespeople of the year that year, after the fact, of course).
The second time was October, 2003. After my job was phased out in 2002, I interviewed with another division of the same company and was made an offer in February, 2003 to run a unit of that division. My unit did remarkably well, increasing the duration of contracts with multiple clients and being named vendor partner of the year by one. Those facts notwithstanding, my boss, who had been brought in from the outside after my hire, announced to me the day I returned from vacation in October of 2003 that my job had been eliminated and that I could either take severance or be demoted to a lesser position. Since I had not been interviewing, I accepted the demotion, reporting to a former peer.
The third and final time was November, 2004. One year later, again on the first day back from vacation, despite the fact that we had continued to increase our presence contractually with all of my clients, I was called in by my boss’s boss (the same guy who had demoted me the previous year) while my boss was in Europe, and was told I was being terminated for “lack of outside-the-box thinking” and for “not being resourceful”. When I asked him to give me an example of either of these shortcomings, he looked like a deer in the headlights, unable to provide even a single instance. Clearly, the handwriting was on the wall, so I said adios!
The moral of the story I guess is don’t provide superior performance, and don’t go on vacation…or you could be next!
This post was submitted by Don.