Dial in for a conference call…..
For the past year things have slowly been taking a turn for the worse at our company. In March of 2008 some layoffs started as well as some employees being offered contracts to a similar company in town, but always with an encouraging word from upper management to those of us still here that the company wasn’t leaving and there would still be plenty of jobs here.
As we watched the number of employees begin to dwindle there were two sides of the fence, either things were going to plateau, or it was going to take a turn for the even worse. We got our answer the end of January….
An email was sent out to our office about dialing in, from our desks, to an optional conference call. This is usually how financial reports and general updates are announced. We thought nothing of it, especially with it being OPTIONAL and from our desks. As the day progressed, we were told to meet in a conference room and we would all listen in together to cut down on numbers of people dialing in. Again, not uncommon.
As we filled the room, all sorts of jokes were flying, but everyone knew this could be an interesting call. Sure enough, we were told, via conference call, by our CFO who claimed to be out of town and we later found out was sitting in a hotel room 5 miles away, that our office would be closing. The kicker is we had to come in the NEXT day to find out when our last day was and if we left prior to that we got no separation benefits. All of these dates are subject to change, and have for many people numerous times already. Also, since then, we are currently having to train people from San Antonio and India to take our jobs. All while keeping a smile on our faces because they’ve implemented a zero tolerance policy and if we are fired we get no separation and can’t apply for unemployment by state law.
This post was submitted by Ashley.