Saturday, August 4, 2001

Yesterday I joined the ranks of the unemployed (although there's still my full time job as an unpaid activist).

Due to "lower than expected quarterly earnings", I, and a large chunk of my fellow employees in various cities were "transitioned down" (my new favorite euphemism for being laid-off - actually heard in a company meeting a few weeks ago).

Frankly, for me, it comes as a relief. I was at the point where if I wasn't cut in this latest round of layoffs, I was going to have to figure out how to quit. The company (probably better thought of as "corporation") began to lose it's vibrancy for me a couple years ago when the company I worked for was bought by a large multinational. What had been a dynamic young company full of interesting ideas and people was eaten up - and eventually flushed - by a corporate monolith.

I feel sorry for those who were not laid off, left walking in the ghost-town that once was one of best jobs to have.

I knew my layoff was coming. There had been warning signs for a couple weeks (such as subtle and not-so-subtle "transfer of knowledge" about the systems only I knew how to take care of). So, on the morning that the new layoffs were scheduled be announced, I took one last walk around the mostly empty offices that had been such an exciting place, before going to 'meet my fate'. To be honest, that sentimental stroll was the most emotional part of the whole process. It gave me a real sense of "closing the book" on that part of my life.

I worked with many fun and challenging people in my time with the company (and some evil people too, but until recently they had been easily outweighed by the good).

Consolidation of power into the hands of a few. Monopolization. Destruction of small, effective, systems. Catering to the interests of the elites. Struggling to climb the proverbial ladder to the top. Selfishness and greed. Territorialism. Shortsightedness. Economic and social stratification. Destruction or denial of community. Mono-culture. Closed communication.

Those are all things I fight against in my work as an activist, and they are all things that the multinational brought to the company I worked for

I'm glad I'm out, but I'm sad that it came to this.


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