Seeing the Light
I don’t put too much of my personal business on this blog because I don’t want my blog to stray away from its original purpose, fashion. However, today I will blur the lines a little. For the last year I have been a contractor in the IT sector and I LOVE it. The money is WONDERFUL and it’s great working with IT people. If you really want to know my title I am considered a Business Analyst IV (Business Analyst Expert) and Project Analyst. I love what I do… and I do it VERY well.
Recently I have come to learn that my position with the current company I am with will be cut. The senior Vice President loved my work, but they were cutting my position for budget reasons. The sucky part is that I only found this out on Monday… yeah like THIS Monday… after the company made me and other contractors take a mandatory two week “vacation”. We had to take this vacation for budget reasons as well.
On Monday I came in and my badge was no longer working. Also, the retina scanner that allows me into the most secure part of the building wasn’t acknowledging me either. (Yes, you know it’s serious we you have to be photographed, badged, and retina scanned to get into a room EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU LEAVE.) Once I was given my access back by security I emailed my boss to let him know what’s going on. He happened not to be in the office because in Dallas we had the icemageddon and he and the rest of my team didn’t risk going in (Ice storms are no joke here). He informed me in the email that he wasn’t sure if my contracting company had reached out to me and he loved my work, but I had to be let go due to budget reasons. Coming THIS Friday.
How fitting, Friday the 13th.
Had I known this I would not have gone Black Friday shopping.
Yes, they are letting me go 11 days before Christmas.
That is bogus
However, there wasn’t an ounce of bitterness in me about this situation.
At the end of the day it’s just business. This is how life of a contracting employee works. When it comes down to money the corporation just sees you as a social security number tied to a salary and they begin making adjustments. Those adjustments come down to the contractors first…
When I told select friends about what happened of course the reactions included:
“I wouldn’t go in anymore!”
“Why do they always do these cuts before Christmas?!”
“Not only are they letting you go… they want you to train the other people on the project you initiated??!”
I really liked this position. I respected the team I was on and I appreciated my SVP (Senior Vice President) that I reported too. This team was a dream. Whenever I had a question they took the time to help me out. If I didn’t know anything they had my back and meetings and we went over stuff afterwards. They trained me on what I needed to know and guided me on how to find the answers to other questions. They never hoarded information to make me look bad and make them look better. There was no benefit to them to do that. They genuinely enjoyed being around each other and taking the time to teach others on different process from things they learned along the way. This group is how great companies are not only formed but are defined. This is how people become good to great. They spread knowledge. These people are leaders.
I feel as though I can provide the same to them. This position landed me knowledge that I would have NEVER gotten from any other company. I was able to use processes and work on projects that would do nothing but add to my already impressive resume. Thanks to the team and this opportunity I was able to accomplish unprecedented work on my own for a Fortune 100 Company. Fetes that no one can take from me.
Therefore, when people ask why are you being so helpful leaving I say I’m doing it because this team taught me every single day while I was here . It wasn’t my boss or my team members that wanted me gone. This was a company decision that was out of their hands. I can’t take up arms with them. They had no impact on this life decision. Plus, I respect these people. Having respect for someone goes a long way. There have been a number of companies that I left bitter. Companies I was so happy to see in my rear view mirror. I can’t say the same about this company because I have nothing but happiness inside of me. So of course I’m going to do them a favor and write my SOP (Standards of Operation) for this initiative. I’m sure with the brilliance of this team they are going to make it better that what I would have done.
At the end of the day the saying is perfectly true…
“A candle looses nothing by lighting another candle.”
Working together only made my future that much brighter.
So CHEERS to my last day at work!