Working a full time job is tough. Being a mother of small children and working a full time job is even harder. I have to hand it to all you Mamas that work outside the home. With that said, sometimes employers just make me so mad.
My sister has worked for a bank for 16 years. She is only 31 so half her life she has dedicated to her job. She has put her all into it. She has spent more time working and making her branch successful in most weeks than she spends on her home and family. Yesterday, she was told that she needed to attend a mandatory meeting. Her bank was recently acquired and she knew it was in regards to the acquisition, but not sure exactly what the meeting would be about.
She sat in a room with many of the co-workers she had worked next to for many years. A group of 4 people that she had never met before walking into the meeting room, said hello, and proceeded to very coldly tell them all that they would be out of a job as of December 16th of this year. They were told that if they wanted a job with the new bank they would have to go online and apply like anyone off the street would. They were told if they don’t stay until at least December 2nd, they would not get their severance packages. They were handed a packet of papers and told the meeting was over.
Really!? After 16 years of dedicated service this is how she is treated? I just don’t understand corporation or not, how you can treat people this way. I understand companies need to make tough decisions, but why do you have to do it in this manner?
A similar situation happened to my Mother two years ago. She worked for a company as an office manager for over 20 years. She was told because of the economy she had to take one week of her vacation earlier than she had planned. She was told this on a Friday at 4:30pm (30 minutes before she left) and was told that her vacation would start Monday. She was upset but was ok with it. Friday of her vacation week came and she was called in the morning and told that they were laying her off and she no longer had a job.
Once again, really?! This was a small family business (not her family) and she had spent 20 years with these people and they didn’t even have the nerve to tell her to her face. This just makes me sick.
What happened to compassion? What happened to loyalty? Why is it ok to treat people like this?