Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Right now, I'm angry and I need chocolate"

That's what our department manager said on Thursday afternoon when she opened the meeting to discuss Wednesday's bombshell. She talked about the fact that this really has nothing to do with our work and our professionalism, about the stages of grief and how they're not a neat step-by-step process, and was very honest and open with all of us. I need to go change my Cast of Characters page and come up with a better name for her than "Scary Boss Lady," because while she can be intimidating, she's also not at all afraid to be human. All of our management, from individual team leaders to the Cleveland VP, have been with the core company a long time, and are good with their employees in addition to being good at their jobs.

On Thursday, I received e-mails from two of my Rochester colleagues asking how I was taking the news and if I was going to be okay. Both of them are great guys, and I can't put into words how much I appreciate the support.

There have been plenty of screwups this week, including several by me. Colleagues have been indulgent, but I figure that I better get back on my game starting Monday. I plan to work every minute of overtime I can in the next four weeks, and stash as much as possible in my savings account. I'm starting by going in today for four hours, migraine or no migraine. I've told everyone who doesn't read this blog on a regular basis, and asked everyone to keep their ears open. I'm not sure if that does much in this economy, but I did hear about my current job via word of mouth, so there's that.

Oh, and on Friday, I zipped over to Malley's and picked up one of their "Survival Kit"s for the boss. No woman should ever have to plead for chocolate!


Romantic Heretic said...


More *HUGS*

Mike S said...

hotjobs, career builder, monster, - as i think of more i will list them

KLN said...

Oh no -- the confluence of the disintegration of the publishing biz and the effect of the economy on the legal biz, I imagine. Anything I can do to help, let me know. Jump ship to Lexis??

Jammies said...

*hugs* Rob

Thanks, Mike.

K, I wish I could. Unfortunately, with 140 of us with basically the same skill set, any Lexis positions available (if there even are any) are going to go quickly and probably to folks with more experience. I haven't really started looking yet, but resumé updating is on my list for this weekend.