"This is final. It's a business decision."
Finally the bomb dropped! Months of fear, anxiety, speculation and rumours came to an end. We shouldn't be surprised; the signs were all there. The industry has been struggling, the company has to survive, the orders are not coming and we are a cost centre.
Still it is hard to accept. Our minds play tricks on us. "Maybe there is still hope", "maybe not this round", "maybe not me". Reactions were mixed. Some were calm, at least relieved that the waiting is over. Others looked worried, confused, betrayed, bitter.
It's time to pack up...
"Is there any opening in other departments ?"
"How's the job market ?"
"I'm past 40, I heard it's quite tough out there."
"But I just bought a new car !"
"My child is hospitalised, what about our medical insurance?"
Then, reality struck. The paycheck is not coming in anymore but the bills certainly are.
So much for job security. I learned it the hard way !