Failure Isn’t an Option

March 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm 6 comments


It’s been very busy at work. I can’t do anything else, but work, work, work. The coming weeks don’t promise to be anything different. Aside from the business as usual stuff, we are working on two conversion projects with aggressive deadlines.

But the situation didn’t prevent management from laying off three more people from the regular staff. As if to appease the remaining employees, management says that would be it for the department. They don’t expect any more layoffs this year. Hello, haven’t I heard this before?

The fact remains that the job functions have been outsourced overseas. Unless the remaining employees morph into something else, it would just be a matter of time when they join the unemployment ranks as well.

At last December’s all-hands meeting, senior management reported that outsourcing the department’s functions has been a success. It’s a lot of bull. I guess if your end-of-year bonus is on the line, you can’t say otherwise. The consulting agency that took over had touted that their engineers are among the best and the brightest in the field. It’s also a lot of bull. We find that if they go under the normal hiring process, nobody will make it.

But the contract had been signed. There’s nothing that lower management can do about it but to make the best of the situation. Failure is not an option. Once outsourced, the jobs won’t be coming back. Proponents of outsourcing within the company will make sure it stays that way.

Under the circumstances, the remaining employees are asked to contribute to their own demise. They have been required to teach their replacements the ropes no matter what it takes. Hell, I’d been there and done that before. This has added more stress to an already stressful workplace. If the employees become successful in teaching them, they’ll get a pat on the back and rewarded by pink slips. What an irony!

My contract in this department expires in three months. Soon I’d be heading to a new assignment full of anticipation and dread. I’ll be working with another team in a totally different environment and learning a new programming language. Darn, I have to prove myself all over again.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  March 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    good luck on your new role! πŸ™‚

    • 2. plaridel  |  March 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm


      thanks for the morale support. i believe in the saying, if something isn’t to your liking, change your liking. πŸ™‚

      • 3. AC  |  March 12, 2014 at 1:58 am

        very well said! πŸ™‚

  • 5. draliman  |  March 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I hope your new role goes well. Maybe if you keep moving around from department to department you’ll slip through the outsourcing net πŸ™‚

    • 6. plaridel  |  March 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm


      that helps, but i feel the noose tightening.


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