Being laid off is never fun or an easy pill to swallow. It’s especially difficult considering the current employment conditions most people will be returning to in their home countries. Not counting the additional stress of uprooting the entire family and all that involves.
That being said, the company doesn’t owe anyone a lifetime of employment, no company does. A little refresher for those who seem to need it: Firing practices in other countries - in the U.S. at least - are far more brutal and generally devoid of any severance packages, much less ones as generous as the ones the company is currently offering. You came to SA, you enjoyed the numerous benefits the company offered you, and now it is time to head back home.
For those who are viciously biting the hand which has fed you so well over the years, the company made the right decision in severing your employment. Your behavior is disgusting. The micro aggressions of working with people who harbor such disgust and malice towards their local colleagues leads to a toxic work culture. It’s an open secret that people harbor these thoughts and I have seen it affect their performance and attitudes. But to see it displayed so brazenly and shamelessly is simply shocking. Thanks to the generous employment practices which afforded you a dream lifestyle, you seem to have been deluded in to over-inflating your sense of self worth and the value you bring as employees. You are about to receive the shock of a lifetime when you rejoin the U.S. workforce and rediscover just how dispensable every employee there is.
For those of you who see this as simple business, I’m truly sorry this happened to you. I wish you well in your future endeavors. I hope you find suitable reemployment, and settle well in to your new homes and communities. It was a pleasure working with you and you will be sorely missed.