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The Experience of Being Laid Off

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“From this point on/it only gets rougher” –Andre 3000

Everything looked red.

That’s what I’ll remember about the day I got laid off, November 13, 2008. Not like angry “seeing red”, but more like “this is surreal” red.  “Spike Lee cinematography by Ernest Dickerson red.” My bosses face, the table, the conference room, everything.  I don’t know why.  It just did. In my mind it didn’t happen word by word, but all at once, like an experiential stream of consciousness. Like when they fast-forward a scene in CSI or something.

My next thought was,  “do I have to carry this big exit package of information out of here? Everyone will know I go it.”  I opted to take the long way back to my desk, hugging the wall.  Made it undetected and put the package into my briefcase.

For those of you wondering, I’m not out in the cold just yet. I have 60 days to find something else. I will get severance. There’s an outplacement service available.

I didn’t start this blog for pity or vitriol. I’ve been blessed to never have been laid off before now, so believe me I’m not complaining. I figure it will help those on the outside looking in understand what the process is like. Most of all it will be cathartic for me.

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Written by Krista Summitt

November 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm