Some groups are lucky, no layoffs, capital investment, tech, etc. But for the rest of us Medtronics' yearly layoffs cause a ton of stress - our staff morale is at an all time low as I write this. There is no long term job security and employees are not valued for providing a positive outcome for the company objectives. Here is my advice: C-level should stop restructuring us every two years. Period. Also, invest in good employees and cut down layoffs (since you will rehire anyway) - move people around, not just lay them off.
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My wife was laid off last year, it was handled properly and we appreciated the severance payment (they did not have to have this but it was generous, at least in our view).
To my now former supervisor:
I'm sure you were completely justified in selecting me for the last round of layoffs... Afterall, you spoke to me once or twice during your tenure in your latest position. I'm sure you evaluated me fairly. And during your time pushing papers around and otherwise tying up your time adding zero value I'm sure you became thoroughly familiar not just with what I do now, but also with the contributions I made long before your arrival on the team (or the company). I'm sure there are great reasons for denying my transfer request, yet pushing me out.
You're right, I didn't take credit for others' work, berate my competition, extol my own abilities, or make obvious, superfluous statements in meetings in order to elevate others' perception of me. I had hoped any decent manager was skilled enough to see through that bul$&@@$. I was wrong. Thank you for mentoring me in one key area: survival. I now know talent means nothing. I'll be sure to play all the vile games. I'll be relentless and ruthless in tearing down others and remembering that knowledge sharing or assisting others is not actually valued, despite the slogans and values the corporation claims are important that week. I'll play the system and pretend that I agree that EVERY-FREAKING-ONE is supposed to aspire to be a "leader."
So, let's conclude, being a manager is the absolute culmination of self-actualization. If things do not improve long enough, perhaps Medtronic will cut the true fat: absolutely worthless jobs like yours. Go back to where you came from, have a nice life, and "F you too!!!"
This are not that bleak at my group - but I can understand your angle - if you guys have cuts that always hurt. Godspeed...