If you ever find your self esteem lagging, I highly recommend losing your job as a means to boost it. Sure the impending financial calamity might be a high price to pay, but you’ll sure feel good about yourself on the way to the poorhouse.
While I fully expected my friends and family to be supportive and encouraging, the response from the nerds, my former co-workers, has surprised me. They’ve been so kind and so filled with sadness about my departure that I’m pondering writing an e-mail to the Nerdery’s President to compliment on hiring such caring, compassionate people.
The kindness of those I’ve left behind has come as quite a surprise. Maybe this is how it always works when someone gets laid off. If it is, I’ve been a horrible, callous co-worker in the past. And if I could go back in time I would write kind e-mails telling those co-workers of lay offs past how much I enjoyed working with them and how I will miss them.
See, this kind of stuff didn’t happen when I was laid off from Hell, Inc. I chalk that up to the fact that the entire Minneapolis office was decimated and we were all in the same boat. Plus, since we had so much time before the actual end of our jobs, we spent a lot of time talking about how much it was going to suck to not work with each other any more.
Boy howdy, sometimes it is hard to find the words to thank people. Thank you seems so weak when people are throwing you a lifeline in your time of need.