I will start with the latest happenings, for me.
My job has suddenly laid off a few people. There is nothing odd about that really; people get laid off every day. The odd thing about the lay offs, is
the people they are laying off.
If you have to downsize because of finances, wouldn’t you lay of your new hires first? The people they are laying off are the best in their
positions. I am still in shock about the lay off of my co-workers because she wasn’t only good at her job but she was the most dedicated, the
friendliest, the most compassionate and always the first one to roll up her sleeves and stand right next to you at the plate.
I don’t understand why anyone would lay of their brightest, most experienced people and keep the ones that create most problems.
I am sure there is a good reason buried in the mix somewhere; I just haven’t figured out yet.
LOL, I just read this and had to reply but then realised that this, my second comment on a thread today, is in response to you again!
Anyway, back to my response...
This happened last year where I work and in the same way. Actually, let me discuss the whole thing that happened; considering the OP is talking about
Middle to late last year, I would guess it was around July, more coffee or biscuits available in our kitchen areas, to which I thought "this is
odd...it can't be _that_ expensive especially when purchasing in bulk...but okay, they're trying to save every penny".
Then in August the company told us that there will be no Christmas party this year; teams can arrange their own but at the employees expense.
Then around September we were told that we all _have_ to take two weeks annual leave over the Christmas "shut-down" period with the exception of a
few staff to still work because some customers of ours will be trading during that period. We all had to liaise with our team leaders or managers to
organise annual leave for that period and have it submitted before the end of September.
Then in October we get another email saying that in attempts to save more money, the two week shut-down period will now be three weeks and leave has
to be organised within teams and submitted by the end of October.
It was around this point I said to our team...something is going on and I think we might be in trouble. I was laughed at by some people (in fact one
of the people this year became the manager of our whole department but that's another story altogether!
Then! In November there were forced redundancies of about 150 people! The same people that laughed back in October now said, yeah they saw this
So who were the people that were made redundant? They were some of the best staff we had...not all who were made redundant were but the majority were.
The company still kept a lot of dead weight employees...I really have no idea why; I heard rumours from HR staff but still it doesn't make sense.
Yeah anyway...we've had the same thing happen again in September this year though coffee and biscuits are available again. There will still be no
company Christmas party...and well...October's not far away.
TL;DR, the same thing happened at our company last year.