Moral of the Story: Better to fall on your sword than on someone else\’s.
I’m so sorry! Corporate America strikes again!! To answer your question, you would have to know what is going on behind the scenes. Two scenarios.
Due to “budget cuts”, they had to strip away your immediate support and resources however, they kept you because they see you as the primary knowledge source and believe you have the ability to continue to effectively perform your job function. Matter of fact, if you perform well, they will put you up for a promotion. Holla!
Due to “budget cuts”, they had to strip away your immediate support and resources however, they kept you because they see you as the primary knowledge source and they need you to either automate everything, complete the job, and/or train other folks until they ultimately phase you out too. Bummer.
So listen up. No matter what is going on behind the scenes, be it promotion or operation: phase out, you have to take your destiny into your own hands. How? As I’ve mentioned in many Boss Life posts, nothing beats experience and exposure. You’re now in a position where you can set your learning and networking to high speed. You’re going to have to pick up the pieces of your former team, build connections with their contacts, go through their notes – it’s going to feel overwhelming! But when a company is operating on limited resources, it’s either going to sink or swim which means you have to choose if you are going to sink or swim. This is a fail-safe strategy and I’ll tell you why. Let’s say you get promoted. It’s one thing to learn as much as you can at your level but it’s another thing to be officially promoted and now responsible for your entire business unit’s function on our own. However, if you were swimming the whole time, then a promotion would be a seamless transition for you. What if they end up letting you go? It happens but at least you went out swimming and not sinking and now you will have a story and more experience to offer your next employer. More experience and exposure always equals more leverage and more moola. Turn your situation into an opportunity and not a condemnation and you can’t lose no matter what the outcome, so don’t dwell on it!
You’re going to experience many layoffs in your career and you may survive all of them or none of them. You survived this one and you may or may not survive the next one – it happens, it’s just business – but one thing you can’t ever let happen is let others see a decline in your work ethic or attitude. Remember, knowledge is power, someone is always watching you, and only swimmers don’t drown. Keep learning, keep swimming.
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