My one co-worker lost her job. This is a co-worker I have grown especially close to, insofar as to ask her to be a bridesmaid at my wedding. I count her as one of my close friends, and I know it sounds odd, but the loss of her on the team is devastating.
When I first started at my job, the place was a fucking dream come true. This was in the good old days of….April, when OL wasn’t OL, he was Boss-man. I mean Boss-man in a good way. My contribution to the team was encouraged, fostered, appreciated. I would come home happy as a pig in shit. About 2-3 weeks after I started, a new group of people started, and I was even charged with training them. Among this group was a person who would become the awesome Co-captain (or CC), referred to in my previous post about work.
She said she’d make me a Transformers cake for my birthday, as that was the same day that Transformers 2 came out. I asked if it was going to transform into a giant margarita.
So over time she became my right-hand chick as far as our roles went. I welcomed the relief, having some semblance of my life back, whereas before I was working non-stop, even from home. I had her back and I knew she had mine.
We developed a system which operated almost flawlessly, and I honestly don’t think that anyone outside the team of two we had would have been able to understand how things flowed so efficiently between the two of us. I knew which ones she’d grab, she knew which ones I’d grab, and if there was any confusion, we’d compare notes.
But aside from all of that, we developed a friendship.
Today she calls me, upset, tells me she’s been fired. Then comes an email from HR. This shakes me, and fills me with dread. Not so much fear for my own job, because I’m pretty apathetic about it, but just dread that my workload is now doubled, that without CC I am being set up to fail. I am also filled with disgust, shock, and sadness. I cannot work as much as I did before she came, the company has just grown too much, and CC is, first and foremost, a good friend to me, and I hate seeing my friends upset.
The official reason is budget cuts, and another co-worker who I trust completely confirmed that the company is in dire straits money wise.
I also found out it’s completely normal for friends of a co-worker who loses their job to feel a sense of loss. And I do.
CC, I never really said, or had to say it, but dude, you were my fucking other half at work, man. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you there. I know I’ll see you outside of work, but it still sucks. There’s no I in team, and I can’t do all the shit we did together, alone.
I am not looking forward to Monday.