round and round

Empty chairs at empty cubes and the memory of footsteps echo down the deserted hallways.  So few people now fill the large space that their presence seems more out of place than the absence of all who used to join them.  They are blemishes.  They are the joyous and guilt-ridden, having survived yet another round of layoffs.  There turn will come, though, and the weight of that knowledge hangs over them, growing heavier with each ticking second.  Tick.  Tock.  Tick.  Tock.  Tick.  Tock.  In this industry it is only a matter of when, not if, they too will be ushered to the door and sent looking elsewhere, for no other reason than it looks good on the balance sheet to have a smaller headcount and new employees are cheaper than the experienced ones.

So the revolving door goes.

Eventually the chairs and cubes will fill up again and the building will be bustling with activity.  Chatter, pings, squeaks, and the constant clacking of keys will add to the ambience of real steps passing through the corridors.  Then, in a reversal, the few stations that remain empty will stand out as the blemishes, as the reminders that this level of enterprise is only temporary and will be short-lived.  The enthusiasm of workers tackling new roles, sharing ideas, improving processes will flounder and stall.  Then the cubes will begin to empty again, sometimes in trickles and sometimes in floods of people being shown the door until once again only a few remain.

So the revolving door goes.

7 thoughts on “round and round

    • I remain, yes. For now. My time will come unless I make a move on my own before then. Feels like I could be steady for a bit, though, which is scary in a way, because I might get comparable, and then being shown the door would hurt more.

  1. It’s such a shame that this is not an environment that caters for people that are content to do their job and continue to do it for however long they fancy doing it. I guess the only good thing (if you could call it that) is that by being forced to move on then you will never be put in a position where you are stuck doing the same thing for years. As you say Matt, it is all done to look good on the balance sheet and the people are pieces of cattle/meat. You’ve got to be the one using them for your own means until it is time to move on, at least until you can find a position that treats you well and is a place that you can finally call home. Maybe we’ll never find it but at least we’ll give it our best shot trying to find it 🙂

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