“You Have Nothing to Worry About”
I worked for a management consulting firm for two years. During the Fall of 2008, I was concerned that my job may be at stake as so many of our clients were conducting layoffs, meaning less revenue for our firm. I decided to voice my concern with my boss, who called me into her office. At this time I was also searching for an apartment since I was making a killer commute, and naturally thought that I would not commit to a lease if there was a chance of layoffs occurring. I was repeatedly told:
“You have nothing to worry about. Our company typically does well during tough economic times. We’ll be okay.”
Senior leadership also made an effort to diffuse any rumors that might have been circulating about layoffs. So, I went ahead with my apartment plans and signed a lease. One month later, I was called into an office for a couple minutes, was told my position was being eliminated and to leave immediately, only to return the next morning to hand in company equipment (laptop, etc.). I tried to explain this to my unsympathetic manager, but had no luck (not allowed to sublet, not allowed to break the lease). So here I am, watching my savings deplete, having terrible luck finding another job and paying a pretty penny for an apartment I don\’t even want, all because I was told that I had nothing to worry about in terms of job security.
This post was submitted by Anonymous.