There’s light at the end of the tunnel
Hearing the words “…so we’ve made the decision to close the site and unfortunately this means redundancies”, was one of the worst management meetings I’ve ever been involved in.
I’m ashamed to say that my first thoughts involved £ signs, but then I looked around the room and saw the impact the same news was having on others. There were tears, scared faces and the odd uncomfortable smile.
My thoughts then turned to my team mates, thinking about how they were going to take the news, how are they going to feel and how am I going to support them? It wasn’t for a few months that I thought, “ah … I’ve got to find a new job myself”, which was a scary thought even for someone that is as laid back as myself!
Fast forward a year, and I was 91 miles from home and had lived in a hotel for 8 months helping the business re-locate.
On the plus side, I’d completed Netflix, had more chilli’s on my Nando’s card than I knew what to do with, and most importantly had made new friends for life in Telford.
I wanted to let people know that if you are going through the redundancy process, yes, it’s a scary time full of uncertainty and life changing decisions, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Being made redundant can open doors for a complete career change (debt collection to recruitment for example) and introduce you to great people that you never knew existed.
On that note, I’m just heading to Telford now and I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s hangover …… !
Finance & Banking Consultant