"As you can see your post doesn't show on the structure chart"
I sat staring at the organisational structure chart in a glass office where people walking down the corridor were looking straight in. That’s how the Chief Executive informed me my role was redundant. No soft words, no pleasantries, no thank you for all your effort and hard work. Simply you don’t exist anymore.
It was my first management position. There was no development or support to build my management skills. I wasn’t prepared for this.
The redundancy process was a shambles (and this is me looking back on it dispassionately 20yrs later). No thought for the wellbeing of the staff team affected. The CEO had a reputation for asset stripping, 2 years in a role where he stripped it bare and sold it on. People were a liability and not an asset.
I knew two things at this point.
- I would never again let anyone control my career or have that impact on me personally
- As a Manager I would never treat my teams in that manner and I would always put people first.