15 Years Does Not Mean Much

Posted 10-31-2011 at 09:37 AM by blairmarie333

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?

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10 Responses to “15 Years Does Not Mean Much”

  1. littleangelmommy3775 on November 1st, 2011 11:18 am

    So sorry to hear that your sister is going through that.

  2. my5sons on November 1st, 2011 5:05 pm

    I hope your sister will find a better job where she is treated with kindness and respect. It’s so sad to hear things like this but all too commonplace. The problem is greed…the rich want to keep getting richer at everyone else’s expense. There are a few companies out there who care about their employees but they are few and far between. My husband works for a company that promotes itself as family friendly but they are ANYTHING but that…the only family whose interests they serve are their own, and they care nothing for the hard working employees who are the backbone of their company. They seem to conveniently forget that if not for their loyal employees there would be no company to speak of.

  3. theJs on November 2nd, 2011 8:12 am

    People often wonder why their employees aren’t loyal, and it is because there is no longer any expectation that the company is committed to you. I worked for a very well known, well respected organization as an elite trainee early in may career. The very first day they gave a lecture of career advice. It started like this “Rule #1: the institution doesn’t love you back.”

    It was the best career advice I have ever received. I have been fortunate to work for very prestigious organizations, and pride makes you want to stay, But trust that if there is something that benefits the institution more every human being is considered totally replaceable in today’s market, no matter the training, experience, years of service or commitment of the employee. There is someone out there who will do your job just as well, and probably for less. This was cold advice for a newbie especially, but knowing it has in a sense liberated me to make career decisions that serve my family and personal needs first, rather than feeling obligated to a corporate ideal.

  4. Celeste on November 2nd, 2011 2:40 pm

    That’s pretty crummy of them!! Did she complain to the company at all about how she was treated? Not that it would do any good, but I think I would say something.

  5. BooneNicuMama on November 2nd, 2011 5:32 pm

    It’s crummy, but at least she has a little time to look for a new job? I know several people who didn’t even have that. Work place professionalism and compassion are gone. It’s incredibly sad it is to this point =( Good Luck to your sister, and hopefully your mum is back on her feet!

  6. auntkerri on November 3rd, 2011 4:47 pm

    On the bright side there is the severance package otherwise totally messed up! My friend was layed off by a bank and collected unemployment for years. I lease apts and my boss was tossed out on her ear with her two sons when the owners daughter in law she had invited over for drinks liked her house better than the apt they had in another city. No notice at all. I have never bene fired but hace been forced to leave by being shorted pay and ethics many times. If you leave you get nothing and unless you want a court battle none of your commissions either

  7. Peach on November 3rd, 2011 6:18 pm

    We are going thru this right now but they suspended hubby and are trying to find loopholes in his union contract to terminate him. Hes been with this company for 15 years and was just recently promoted so I dont get it.

  8. swismiself on November 6th, 2011 1:20 am

    The one time I was laid off they couldn’t do it to my face, either. Cowards.

    Best of luck to your mother and sister.

  9. darbycrash on November 6th, 2011 5:37 am

    “What happened to compassion? What happened to loyalty? Why is it ok to treat people like this?”

    Compassion and empathy can only occur when an employer stops thinking of their own thoughts and feelings (even for only a few milliseconds) and considers someone else’s feelings, life, work, family.

    Although your mother and sister are exceptions, many employees lack loyalty as well. At my job several employees (small spa, 6 or 7 employees at most) just up and quit without notice or call out on scheduled shifts often because they don’t take their job or loyalty seriously. Perhaps past employers have treated them as in the above article and have had all the loyalty to an employer removed by past experiences?

    This brings me to your last question. It is ok to treat people this way because almost nobody in this big old world has personal honor.

  10. pix1114 on November 7th, 2011 8:54 pm

    My Dad went through something similar several years ago. He worked for the city for over 30 years and there were two typing errors and they accused him of not paying attention to his job (his main job was not typing). Another error was not even his, but they pretty much told him he had to take early retirement. He was not the only person that they did this to. All companies are trying to get things done as cheaply as possible. They pretty much want to get new people in there so they can start them at the lowest rate possible.

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