We asked Get Ahead readers to send their layoff tales and we are getting mails from employees belonging to different sectors of the Indian economy.
In the 34th part of this series human resource manager R Srinivasan* asks readers to value the importance of family because they are the ones who stand by you in your bad times.
Name: R Srinivasan (*name changed on request)
Company/Sector: Human resource
Work experience: 10 years
I had a good time working for a recruitment firm in Bangalore. My boss and myself had worked together in our previous company and we both joined together at this recruitment firm in the year 2006 (I joined as recruitment manager) since we both had very good understanding and we were very good friends.
We both needed to build up this firm since this firm's Bangalore (now Bengaluru) branch didn't have either proper clients or team members. We both joined and started to get new clients as well as new recruiters. Right from the day of my joining I had been performing well; I was always in the top performers' category and my boss praised and appreciated my work a lot.
How I lost my job:
When the global meltdown began, the heat was obviously felt as our company was not doing well and billings were reducing.
Suddenly, one fine day in October 2008 my MD decided to pull the plug and I was asked to resign with one months notice. No option was given to me, even my boss was a mute spectator and there was absolutely no support from my boss and no support whatsoever from my MD in spite of being a consistent performer and the way I was asked to go was really hurting and it still hurts me.
In spite of being a consistent performer it was not the way to treat your recruitment manager.
How the layoff affected me
Initially I was shocked at the news and felt sad because work was going on well and on a personal level I was learning a lot.
After this development, my family was very supportive of me and for three months I was without a job. I applied to so many places and spoke to lot of friends but nothing happened... everybody tried their best but because of market situation I could not get a job.
Through my friend, I landed a job for myself at a different location for a lesser CTC. In spite of whatever I had achieved during all these years with my performance I have come back to square one and need to start all over again to come back to my earlier level.
In the current financial situation anybody can get a pink slip; don't bother too much if you get laid off
Always believe in your capabilities and your experience to find a new job for yourself (even in the current economic recession)
Learn to value your family as they are the ones who stand by you in your bad times
Finally, learn to learn good things from whatever difficult situations you face in life
Illustration: Uttam Ghosh
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