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Well that was hard to watch

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Champ, Oct 1, 2015.

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  1. Champ

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    Sitting here in my cubicle working on a project and I hear a large bang across the room. It even made the floor shake. I look up to see our HR director from our corporate office standing and watching a coworker clean out their desk and then escort them out of the building.

    No one knows why for sure, obviously HR can't discuss it. But it sucks seeing someone lose their job. :cry:
     
  2. Camp Rusty

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    I worked for a contract furniture company, cubes and the like. We outfitted a startup with all the newest stuff, plus an onsite gym and game room with pool, ping pong, video games...all the fun stuff.

    They were out of business in less than six months and we went in to get all our stuff back.

    No one knew it was coming ( except us I guess)

    We arrived the day of the closing to start dismantling the furniture for the entire floor before their work day started. It was really sad, they had hired three or four Pinkerton guards to escort people to their desks, get their personal items and then escort them out. We worked around all these people crying and carrying out their stuff.

    One of the worst things was they were not alowed to get on their computers.....people had put a bunch of personal stuff on their machines but of course that was technically against company policy. The guards all had laminated pages of the employee handbook with the " no personal data to be kept on company computers" highlited. People were pretty argumentative, swearing at the guards, and us....like we had anything to do with it.

    Place was like a ghost town by 10:AM.....people left so much personal stuff, family photos, coffee cups with kid and dog pictures on them, decorations, as I recall they were only allowed one small moving box so if it didn't fit and they couldn't carry it, they just left it.

    Sad stuff, losing your job.......even if somehow you deserve it.
     
  3. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    The identical process sometimes occurs when someone is downsized. This is how big companies do it these days. It is incorrect to assume an employee who is treated this way did anything wrong. Maybe yes, maybe no.
     
  4. Joe

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    In my working career, I have seen the guard escorting the person out of the building. A sad sight. Champ, you never explained what the "I hear a large bang across the room. It even made the floor shake" noise was?
     
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    I used to work for a prominent bank in Hawaii (google "that's my bank" and "Hawaii" and you can figure out which bank that is). I have seen incidents where a security person would come by with someone and escort an employee out the door, only allowing him to take his possessions. They even went through his stuff to check that he wasn't taking company property. Apparently the bank thought that person was stealing or doing something bad so they just canned him and walked him out the door. I also saw it happen to a female employee.

    After those incidents I learned to keep my personal stuff on flash drives and to not keep anything of value at work. The pictures I can just reprint so I don't care and I keep the sentimental things at home.

    Now that I am gone I will have nothing to do with that bank, I can't see how they are profitable with all the incompetence going on there. Luckily I wasn't walked out the door with security when I left. The final straw for me was when they promoted the girl I was "training" to a position over me. I guess they promote the Caucasians but not the Asian workers in the IT department. She had to keep coming over to me to find out what to do and how things should be done. At that time I updated my resume and started looking for another job and was out the door by the end of the month. Even after I left she kept calling me because she couldn't do the job.
     
  6. ngrund

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    she could probably do "the job" for the boss
     
  7. ken2v

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    Life's not linear. I've taken on tasks/jobs, been handed opportunities that on paper or perhaps on formulaic check-the-boxes forms didn't seem to match. Aptitude isn't always measurable in black and white. People passed often don't have that world view ... or accuse the successful person as of course blowing the boss.

    Been there. Not to that exact degree but have hit the office to find my office shuttered and a few minutes later handing over the corporate books, the corporate cards, the keys to the car and boat and what not. Also walked in once to learn the entire company was done.
     
  8. Champ

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    It was him throwing things onto the floor as he cleaned out his desk. He did not take it well at all and was very loud about his exit.

    Had he been quieter, most of the office might not have noticed his departure until later.
     
  9. C0usineddie

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    I have been fired a few times. Adds some spice to life.

    I have never cried over losing a job though. i see it as an unplanned vacation!!
     
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    I think the film, Up In The Air is currently available on Netflix, George Clooney plays a consultant who cris-crosses the country to conduct layoffs.

    I was informed of my layoff while I was traveling, it was a Friday morning and I was up in Long Island City to make a sales call. Had to drive back to Pennsylvania and meet with my boss at a hotel, he took a train and a cab. He drove me to my house to collect my laptop, project files, blackberry, and my company car. That was 6 years ago and It was the best thing to happen to me.

    But, one of the guys in my group was also traveling that day. He was returning home to Canada from a corporate meeting, he happened to have his wife and grandchildren in the car as they had used the corporate super box to see a sporting event the night before. My colleague heard about his layoff not from his boss, but from a co-worker who mentioned "sorry, but I heard you were let go today". My colleague's boss was such a chicken-sh!t that he didn't inform my buddy of his layoff.
     
  11. amk121

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    yes...layoffs are quite interesting...I was laid off last year after being at my place for 13 years, and the way they treat you is kind of upsetting- I know this sounds lame, but I wish that they would have given me an hour so I could have handed off to my coworker on what needed to get done...oh well...either way, it was the best thing to happen to me and I am in such a better place now with my new job.
     
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    It sucks having to do it, too. I was in inventory control but I had a crappy GM that interpreted that to mean loss prevention. There was an employee who did some racially insensitive graffiti. I was brought in to witness him being confronted about it, copping to it and getting fired. I then had the misfortune of being told to escort this person who was half a foot taller, very muscular and with a known temper problem to his locker and out the door. I was lucky he was too shocked over getting canned to snap.
     
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    You guys are mixing up your terms. A layoff means there is a chance of being called back. Fired means you're gone forever.
     
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  14. ken2v

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    Those of us who worked/work in at-will jobs don't really make the distinction.
     
  15. Joe

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    Well I sure do.
    Being fired and being laid off are two distinct ways of leaving a position. Being fired vs. laid off can impact your eligibility for unemployment as well as your hiring prospects for the future.

    http://jobsearch.about.com/od/firedtermination/qt/fired-laid-off.htm
     
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  16. ken2v

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    lol

    As I wrote, when you work and earn based on your skill and the whims of whomever is above you, they can call it laid off all they want yet when they show you the door that and $.50 will give you $.50 with which to buy a paper to scan the want ads.
     
  17. Electroguy563

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    Lay-offs are very common in the construction industry (private sector). As long as you work hard and acquire the necessary skills to do the job there will be times when you'll get called back from companies you've worked for before. Nothing personal (usually...that's a subject for another thread.)
    The construction industry is never constant. Workers need to plan and save for rainy days, more so than other jobs.

    But being fired? You're right, Joe, it means sayonara. (forever).
     
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    Being laid off generally means you are eligible for unemployment. Resigning or being terminated for cause (getting fired) means you are ineligible for unemployment. Big difference. This applies to all at will jobs where you are an employee.
     
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    I agree with Joe. When I was an Auto Worker. I was laid off many times when things were slow. Always got called back when things picked up.
     
  20. ken2v

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    You can be fired in California and collect. It all depends on the reason.

    I'm sensing some unionism in some of these replies.
     
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