Hopefully you don't mind that i'm writing this into here... but I just wanted to reach out to like-minded people and this was the first place I thought of.
This day has turned out to be not at all what I expected - I went to work this morning and first thing that happened was that I was called into my exec officers office along with my manager and a lady from HR - they are making my position redundant... - very unexpected.
I am to go home today (I clearly left straight away), 'think about it', then reply within 2 days whether i'll accept the redundancy package or if i'd like to go back to work for another 4 weeks and apply for internal jobs. Mind you they said have already tried to place me into internal positions but found none to be suitable at this point in time for my skills. If I go back for the 4 weeks they won't offer me the payout, it will just be a usual monthly pay then cut ties.
So I just wanted to write in the forums here and i'm hoping for a little advice from people in similar situations and maybe some supporting words if you have any.
I'm going to take the package as I agree with them that there are no internal roles at the moment that are suitable for me, and it's not a bad package even though i've only worked there for a year and a half. Plus it's more value than a month of pay so it's a no-brainer really.
I've been pretty good with following Manager Tools advice (phew, thanks guys!) I have my resume up to date, enough cash to keep me going and a bit of a network which isn't huge but isn't nothing - I just applied for 3 jobs on linkedin so at least I feel as i'm going to actually start a process. As per one of your podcasts ages ago, I recall Wendi saying i'm to expect quite a few 'no's' and that I have to get through those in order to get the 'yes'. So this is what i'm gearing up for I guess but I feel pretty good at this stage. I thought I might also do some online training or something over the next couple of weeks just to keep my head in the right frame of mind.
I guess that I can't get off my mind that I feel very undervalued and can't help but question why they wouldn't they create a role for me if i'm so valuable to the organisation (like they told me). Is it personal and they are saying it's a redundancy and using the upcoming restructure to their advantage? I've been in a good position and have been doing it well with great feedback, I had managers reporting to me and a spread of almost 50 skips. What are my teams going to think of me - not showing up anymore and not saying goodbye? That can't be right, can it? They don't even need me to do a handover as the role just won't exist anymore...but? I guess the restructure we have been preparing will play out starting next week any my teams will come to find out about it that way. Is this normal?
I can't help but feel very insecure and have reverted to thinking I had at my first job - do they not like me, are they talking about me... that sort of thing. I have no idea why i'm having these thoughts either. I ask again is this normal?
Anyway, I ask that if anybody has any advice or anything for me based on my situation please do let me know. Thank you in advance.