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Wednesday, March 12, 2003  

Strange times at work

I work for a multinational company with sites in the UK, Germany, France and Spain, and which is the product of recent mergers between single-nationality companies. Largely driven by disastrous financial results caused by industry down-turn, but also as an inevitable conesequence of the mergers, a big re-structuring was announced yesterday. Three main impacts for me personally:
  • my department will survive and be expanded
  • a sister department in Germany, including colleagues I've been working closely with for nearly three years, will close in favour of my department
  • many, many people in other departments at my site will lose their jobs
I'm finding it very difficult to sort this out emotionally.

My main problem is dealing with the guilt that I feel relieved.

posted by Plig | 17:30 |

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