January 7th 2011
Today was not a good day!
The email came in from the COO – “Hey Matthew, Mike (President) and I will be in the area, can we come and see you?” Admittedly inauspicious on the surface, I’m been around the block enough times for alarm bells to immediately toll. When neither one would return my calls, my suspicions hardened.
By the time that Bob (COO) and Mike delivered the news “I’m sorry Matthew, but to prepare for the changes in reimbursement, the overall co is having to cut costs and yours is one of the positions to go”, my reaction was one more of resignation as opposed to surprise.
Having delivered that type of news myself on many occasions and therefore knowing how stressful these situations are for all concerned, I was impressed by the humane way that the situation was handled by both of them. It was especially nice for them to ask me as to how I wanted the team told and then for them to deliver on my request to confirm to those assembled that this was nothing to do with performance; more so, that it was to do with costs, as there was another person in the parent co who could absorb the running of my responsibilities into their role.
They were both so complimentary as to everything I had achieved over the past 2.5 years and as to the reasons that they had enjoyed working with me. I echoed their feelings, confirming that I had the greatest respect for both of them.
An hour after they arrived, they and my job were gone.
By the end of the day, so was I.