We had an unexpected layoff in October within our department in the Dallas office that appears more and more as a vindictive retaliated layoff than the normal reduction in force. Several people were affected and were informed that there was a layoff due to reduction (Non Performance Related) in workload. All evidence leads to a retaliation strike against those who discussed abusive practices on multiple occasions against their manager from HR. Red Flags were were popping up all over the place when training's were not provided, lack of communication, favoritism, cancelling one on one''s and performance reviews. Those that were targeted were informed everything was okay and no expected lay-offs in our department as we were a revenue producing department. All have one thing in common, at one point in time went to HR for advice.
This may be why we were informed to NOT communicate with coworkers still employed. Close friends of management, executives and people too afraid to stand up to the unprofessional conduct were spared...for the moment anyway.
While most managers are extremely professional and respectful, all it takes s one to corrupt a department. I was blindsided by this type of non professional demeanor, unprofessional comments, sharing layoff stories of other employees and medical histories along with veteran dislike. I really had high hopes for my career with high performance reviews and annual overall performance reviews. Never missed a bonus, never written up and always met expectations. I strongly feel as if I would have been with a different department I would still be a valuable asset to the company and not diminish my goal of stabilizing myself in today's rough economy with Fannie Mae.