Redundant

It’s a horrible word meaning “surplus to requirements”, and that’s what I might be!

We had a bit of a discussion at work this morning because we were told last night that we all had a meeting today with the MD of our company.  We all thought this was a bit worrying considering our company recently bought another company that does that same things we all do!

My colleague who works with me was telling me to be “positive” and that it might not be that bad.  This goes against my (so-called) cynical view which is to expect the worst and hope for the best.  Personally, I believe this is also the realistic way to view a lot of situations or potential out-comes.

Scenario 1:  I think that if I go into a meeting expecting to be made redundant (but hoping otherwise), then if we get the bad news… I’m not surprised.  If we get good news (anything other than redundancy) then I’m on a high instead.

Scenario 2:  If you go into the meeting being positive that everthing will be fine and you find out you’re being made redundant then you’re on a big downer.  If you get good news (anything other than redundancy) then you’re just… the same.

All-in-all, I think my scenario (1) is the best way sometimes and it was what I did today.

We were all told officially in a meeting this morning that the company is “restructuring” and we are all facing potential redundancy.  Overall, 9 positions of about 30 will go but there could be more (or less).

So, not a good day at work…

As for running, I can’t post my splits from this morning because Garmin Connect is down for maintenance or something.  So, you’ll have to take my word for it that I did 400m repeats with 400m recovery in between.  I did four of those with 1600m warm-up.

Tomorrow I’m off to the gym to do some exciting cross-training…

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4 Responses to “Redundant”

  1. Phil 04/03/2010 at 20:52 #

    Sorry about the news on the job front it’s a horrible feeling. I spent the whole of last year with my job officially under threat and had literally a last minute reprieve on the day i was supposed to have my departing interview. The stress on me and my family was overwhelming sometimes.

    I sincerely hope everything will be OK

    Good luck.

    ps: just got myself hooked up with Garmin Connect looks good and i saw it was down last night to :)

    • The Virtual Runner 05/03/2010 at 16:24 #

      Hi Sorelimbs.

      Thanks for the good thoughts! It’s appreciated.

      Garmin 405 is the daddy! Great toy…

  2. Hauling My Carcass 05/03/2010 at 17:24 #

    That’s a bit crap and I’m well and truly in your camp with option number 1 above. However, I was made redundant on 16th Jan and started a new job on 16th Feb so things can turn around pretty quickly even when the market’s no good so even if the worst does happen, say sod it, find a short project to keep you busy (I built a bike) and then find something bigger and better. Good luck!!

    • The Virtual Runner 09/03/2010 at 14:22 #

      Thanks for the kind words! I just don’t want to let my family down because my salary is the main income in our household. I’m sure I’ll sort somthing out if it all goes pear-shaped.